Architectural Digest has confirmed what graduates of Asheville School have long known: that the campus' 300 pastoral acres, Tudor-style buildings, and gorgeous mountain views add together to make one of the most beautiful scenes that can be found.
In her March 29 article, "The Most Beautiful Private High Schools in Every State in America," Hannah Huber ranks Asheville School's campus as the top in North Carolina.
Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, the school's three main buildings--Anderson, Mitchell, and Lawrence Halls--were designed by architect John Milton Dyer soon after the school's founding in 1900. In the mid-1920s, renowned Biltmore Estate landscaper Chauncy Beadle designed and landscaped the campus. 1928 saw the addition of the Art Deco William Spencer Boyd Chapel. Over the years, additional buildings have been designed to complement the existing structures and blend with the stunning natural landscape.
Head of School Arch Montgomery cites this rich history for making Asheville School the architectural marvel it is today. "Perhaps you would find such buildings in the context of Oxford or Cambridge," he said. "But these school buildings are on a ridge with fields falling away in front of them, facing southwards and bounded by forest before rising up to the crest of mount Pisgah."
"It does not hurt that our current grounds crew under Director of Facilities Tom Bleick is as hard a working and loyal a group as can be imagined, and you begin to understand why Architectural Digest identified Asheville School for its truly remarkable buildings and grounds."