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Chimney Rock's Historic Gatehouses

By: Park Technician Alison Linden
 
In June 2017, Chimney Rock State Park reopened the historical gatehouses that align the park’s entrance. The gatehouses were originally designed by an art deco architect named Douglas Ellington in 1934. Visitors may be familiar with some of his other architectural work around Asheville, such as the S & W Cafeteria or the First Baptist Church of Asheville. Mr. Ellington designed the gatehouses of Chimney Rock State Park as reversed archways to tie in with Lake Lure’s Italianate style archways.

The historical gatehouses were originally used as administrative office buildings and a ticket office. As visitors would drive up to the gate, a staff member would step through the side door, take the appropriate payment, and hand out maps and information. This system would cause a traffic jam on Main Street through the Chimney Rock Village, so in 1996 a new ticket office was built to alleviate this problem. The gatehouses were still used as office buildings for a few years after the ticket office was moved until they were vacated all together.

In recent years, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation knew they wanted to revive these historical buildings, so they could be accessible to the public. The roof was replaced and new windows were installed to restore the beloved gatehouses. Since June, Chimney Rock State Park has held Friday afternoon educational programs to inform visitors about various animals of the park as well as some basic park information. At the end of summer, one of the gatehouses was transformed into a “pop up” auditorium to showcase the park’s history. These educational programs have received positive response from the public, allowing visitors to take a step back in time and learn a little bit about the park’s history. While there are many possiblities for how the gatehouses will be used in the future, staff and visitors will enjoy having these architectural treasures for many years to come.

Gatehouses circa 1934
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Chimney Rock State Park

743 Chimney Rock Park Rd
Chimney RockNC 28720
Phone828-625-1823
chimney.rock@ncparks.gov
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Latitude: 35.439814
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