Historic Montford Properties

Three of Asheville’s Most Historic Properties are for Sale

These three Asheville properties are all tied to the former Highland Hospital, where Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, died in a horrible fire. All located in the historic Montford neighborhood,  they stand as some of the most historically valuable pieces of property in Asheville.

The hospital was founded by Dr. Robert S. Carroll, a distinguished psychiatrist, whose house nearby was known as Homewood. The hospital was moved from downtown Asheville to Montford in 1909, and Highland Hall was part of the hospital’s campus. There’s a plaque on the ground near the big brick building marking the spot of the infamous fire that killed Fitzgerald. The Rumbough House was built in the late 1800s and re- purposed as an administrative office for Highland Hospital.


Rumbough House

49 Zillicoa St
$1.495 million


Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Rumbough House was built in 1895, a turn-of-the-20th Century Queen Anne in the Montford historic district, rich with history. Many preserved features such as beautiful leaded stained glass, inlaid wood flooring, numerous fireplaces with art tile surrounds. With over 9,000 square feet, it’s perfect for a B&B, a corporate headquarters, a gallery, an event center, a family retreat or show house. The property most recently was home to a diagnostic lab.


Highland Hall

75 Zillicoa St.
$2.1 million


Best known of the many clinics and hospitals was Highland Hospital, originally known as “Dr. Carroll’s Sanatorium,” founded by Dr. Robert S. Carroll, a distinguished psychiatrist. Highland Hall was part of Highland Hospital. The 16,600-square foot office building is available for lease or purchase


 19 Zillicoa St.
$2.150 million


Homewood is well-known today as an event space.  It has 13,143-square feet, a stone exterior, hardwood floors, high ceilings, and has been extensively renovated with sprinklers, central HVAC, CATV wiring, and ample parking. Homewood was the home of Dr. Carroll and his wife, world-renowned concert pianist Grace Potter Carroll.Grace Potter Carroll ran a music school at their house from which she gave lessons and held performances for many years. Among her students was Nina Simone, a nationally known jazz musician herself (nps.gov/nr/travel/asheville/hig).



From the National Park Service:

Highland Hospital, originally known as “Dr. Carroll’s Sanatorium,” founded by Dr. Robert S. Carroll, a distinguished psychiatrist. His program of treatment for mental and nervous disorders and addictions was based on exercise, diet and occupational therapy, and attracted patients from all over the country. The hospital was relocated from downtown Asheville to the northern end of Montford Avenue in 1909, and was officially named Highland Hospital in 1912. …A variety of buildings built in Georgian Colonial, Norman and Arts and Crafts styles housed the patients and the facilities, most of which still stand today including Highland Hall. The campus also included Dr. Carroll’s home at 19 Zillicoa Street, known as Homewood. … In 1939, Dr. Carroll entrusted the hospital to the Neuropsychiatric Department of Duke University. It was during this time that on the night of March 10, 1948, a deadly fire broke out in the main building and took the lives of nine women. Among the victims was author Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.


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