"The Most Elegant Building in America..."

When E.W. Grove completed the Grove Park Inn in 1915 he began plans for "the most elegant building in America" - a new arcade kind of retail center in downtown Asheville.

It opened in 1929, but was later taken over by the Federal Government as part of the effort to win WWII.

The restored Grove Arcade reopened in 2002 and includes shops, restaurants, offices and 42 luxury apartments. I love the natural lighting from the huge skylights, the wrought iron throughout, and people watching there. When I shot this I knew it had to be presented in black and white. What do you think?

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