Historical homes in danger
Of the 40 homes in the immediate neighborhood of the proposed construction, 36 (90%) are of historical significance, including 28 built before 1920. Dates of homes are shown on the map.
The three homes to be torn down include two of the oldest homes in Montreat:
The original home built by Chester Lord, the first permanent resident of Montreat, in 1897-98, now called the Lord Apartments
Chestnut Lodge, built by Chester Lord in 1903 (originally called Truda House)
The Galax House (1947), shown in the video below
These three homes are described and pictured in detail in a May 2021 article published by the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (PSABC).
On the feasibility of restoring the homes, PSABC's Director of Preservation said:
"While no project is straightforward, PSABC is confident that the Lord Apartments and Chestnut Lodge could be rehabilitated without undue burden to the MRA.... Chestnut Lodge and the Lord Apartments represent an irreplaceable connection to the beginnings of Montreat. The successful rehabilitation, in addition to sensitive infill, would constitute an investment in the future of Montreat."
Galax House: The beauty and character of this home, completely restored in 2009, can be seen in the house tour video. Galax House is scheduled for demolition to make way for the hotel construction.