Every now and then someone sends us old photos of our house and its residents. This time we received several, so we're posting them here. In the 1960's and 70's our neighborhood of Montford was in disrepair. Many locals were afraid to walk through it, even in daylight. Most of the larger homes had been turned into apartments or were left vacant.
Some stalwarts stayed put through these tough times and are glad of it now. The City of Asheville had been in debt since the depression of the 1930's which, in a way, was a good thing since no one could afford to tear down any of the old, decaying houses.
In 1977 Montford was designated a National Historic District. This now prevents anyone from demolishing or changing the beautiful and unique buildings in the area.
During the 1980's things started to turn around. People re-discovered the beauty of the area and its climate and began visiting and moving here again. One of those newcomers, Jeanne Donaldson (pictured below), bought this house in 1985 when it was painted green, had no porch railings, no landscaping, and a gutted, trashed interior. She worked for months to renovate it into a prosperous bed and breakfast - one of the first to open in Asheville.
The large photo of the house and of the woman in formal dress date from the early 1900's. The others are from the 1940's or 50's - a guess on our part.
Follow this link for information and photos of Montford's history.