History of the Western Residence

The Governor’s Western Residence has been an important landmark in Asheville since 1964. Nestled atop Town Mountain at an elevation of 3,140 feet, this lovely home overlooks Asheville, with spectacular views of Mt. Pisgah and a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

Built in 1939 by Tom Brimer, owner of Good Humor Ice Cream, the home is one of the first contemporary mountain homes of its time. It was donated to the state in 1964 by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, and is one of only four official state second residences in the country.

The house looks like it grew out of a mountaintop. The glass walls allow visitors to see right through the residence, from the North Carolina flag on one side to the sun setting over Mount Pisgah and downtown Asheville on the other.

Indeed, the pride of North Carolina workmanship is everywhere you look – from the stonework, carefully selected and laid, to the furniture, pottery and art pieces crafted by North Carolina artisans.

Over the years, the house has undergone interior and exterior improvements. The addition of a stone picnic pavilion has enhanced the property, making the residence accessible to larger groups and outdoor entertainment.

Aside from being a mountain retreat for the governor and visiting dignitaries, the primary use of the residence is to provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for meetings and receptions. The Western Residence, which showcases the best in North Carolina craft and art, is available to civic and cultural groups, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal agencies.