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Famous Louise's Rock House Restaurant

  • Historically Known As: Linville Falls Tavern

  • Address: 23175 Rockhouse Ln (Linville Falls Hwy)
  • Phone: (828) 765-2702
  • Travel Genus: Eats , Sight
  • Sight Category: Building
  • Eatery Category: Casual Sit Down Restaurant
  • Eatery Type: Restaurant

Linville Falls Tavern

The Linville Falls Tavern is eligible for listing in the National Register under Criterion A in the area of social history for its role as a gathering place and center of community life for the residents of Linville Falls and as a stopping place for tourists and visitors traveling through northwestern North Carolina. Constructed in 1936 for C. J. Howell, it is located at the juncture of three North Carolina counties, Avery, Burke and McDowell. The Linville Falls Tavern has served the public as a tavern, restaurant combined with gift shop, service station and store, and as a family restaurant and night club. The property is eligible under Criterion C as a significant local example of the Rustic Revival style as expressed in a commercial building. The tavern is part of a group of Appalachian rustic buildings inspired by A J Downing's principles of landscape and design, Gustav Stickley's Craftsman magazine, and the government rustic style that was prevalent in the region. In addition, it is one of a few surviving commercial rustic buildings in the area. The period of significance extends from 1936, when the building was constructed, to 1950, when the character of the establishment changed due to the ban of alcohol sales in these three counties. - NRHP, 31 October 2000



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1936/00/00 Linville Falls Tavern built by stone mason Lenoir Franklin for C J Howell

Eat and Drink »

Eats Time Breakfast
Eatery Category Casual Sit Down Restaurant
Eats Time Dinner
Eats Time Lunch
Eatery Type Restaurant

Data »

Particulars for Famous Louise's Rock House Restaurant:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance Local
Owner Private
Historic Use Restaurant
Other Description Rustic Revival
Area of Significance Social History

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 28th December 2000

Registry Name: Linville Falls Tavern, (former)
Registry Address: 25 Rock House Ln.
Registry Number: 00001554
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Franklin, Lenoir
Attribute: Rustic Revival
Contributing Buildings: 1
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Social history, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Significant Year: 1936
Historic Function: Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Restaurant
Current Function: Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function: Restaurant

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