Discover Douglas Ellington House


ca. 1926

Douglas Ellington House is a historical landholding in Western North Carolina nestled in a valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of the property’s many unique features is that it was built completely by hand. Mr. Ellington would allow no machinery on the grounds. Another fascinating feature is that the home never had a blueprint and was built out of architectural remnants from Mr. Ellington's civic projects, such as the Asheville City Building, the S&W Cafeteria, First Baptist Church, and Asheville High School.

Lovingly preserved in its original splendor, the grounds are made available on a limited basis for small outdoor weddings, wedding receptions, dinner parties, and other befitting gatherings. A one-bedroom storybook cottage is also available as part of our wedding packages. Careful consideration is always paid to the scale and nature of the request in an effort to preserve this historic property in perpetuity.

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Join us for a special event August 3, 2024

As seen in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and countless other hardbacks and periodicals.

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 16, 1986.

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Our Offerings

The Douglas Ellington House offers turnkey event planning services in an effort to provide the best possible experience for you and your guests. From catering and beverage services to rentals, our team will guide you through the entire process. We want you to have a truly memorable time on the property.

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Stay the Night

Also found on the property is a quaint 1-bedroom cottage available for nightly rentals and less than 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Asheville, NC.

Architectural Genius

Douglas Ellington's contributions to American history are wide-ranging. Internationally known for his Art Deco style portrayed in his award-winning commercial and residential architecture, he was also one of the chief developers of the U.S. Navy's World War II "razzle dazzle" camoflage patterns that helped protect allied warships. As the first southerner to win the Paris Beaux-Arts award, his memory lives on in academia as well as the professional world.

Today, Douglas Ellington House stands proudly as a testament to Ellington’s creative genius. Don't miss this opportunity to host your event at one of America's most treasured historical properties.

*Visits to the property are by appointment only.

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We look forward to learning more about your event. Request event pricing and availability using the link below.

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Click the overnight rentals link to learn about nightly rentals of the Cottage at Douglas Ellington House near downtown Asheville.

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