In 1964, Asheville’s City Council voted to adopt a revised housing code modeled on the state’s code, which had strict requirements for occupied dwellings.
Approximately 1,200 houses were impacted by the new code. About 700 houses, or 60%, were in good enough condition to be rehabilitated. The other 500, or 40%, were so deteriorated as to be uninhabitable or, at best, dangerous, and therefore would be razed.
Photos courtesy of: Andrea Clarke, private collection; Special Collections, Ramsey Library, UNC Asheville.