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Two buildings in Asheville’s downtown were affectionately called “Asheville’s Odd Couple” during the mid-twentieth century. Both built in 1924, the Westall Building and the Jackson Building have different architectural styles, Gothic Revival and English Norman combined with Spanish Romanesque, respectively.
Known today as the Self-Help Building, the Public Services Building is one of Asheville’s iconic structures. The building is an example of Neo-Spanish architecture with embellishments depicting mythological characters, including Leda and the Swan. The builder, Luther Launcelot Merchant, was responsible for many of Asheville’s important early twentieth-century buildings.