Down to the Bare Bones –
The latest update: Sadly the Norfolk Southern continues to move forward with their demolition of the historic Asheville Roundhouse on Meadow Road, even after attempts by the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County to open a meaningful dialogue about alternatives. Estimated to be roughly 40,000 square feet, the Roundhouse could follow the example of several similar structures around the country: Savannah – special events centers, Toronto – a local brewery, San Francisco- high-end office space. Just days before demolition began, the National Trust for Historic Preservation indicated a strong willingness to lend their support and expertise to an advocacy campaign to save the building. Almost all of the understated decorative features of the building have been stripped away and work on the sub-structure (reinforced concrete) has begun.
Time, alas, seems to be running out for saving the Asheville Roundhouse.. When will those in charge learn or truly realize that these structures are replaced only with GREAT difficulty in today’s world?