When it comes to fine art and antiquities, is it better to have a plain building that contrasts the masterpieces on display, or is it better to have an ornate building that helps the artwork to create a full sensory experience? It seems to me that an ornate building might distract from the artworks, but at the same time, a plain building is a plain building, and we should build better things for our cultural treasures than bunkers that look like middle schools, prisons, or both.
"Asheville air affects me like champagne; it goes to my head. I'm apt to do things for which I will be sorry in the grim dawn of New York." -- William G. Raoul, 1898
"After 30 years here, all I know is Asheville is a place where old souls and terrible angels walk among us..." -- Dale Neal, 2015