The exterior “face lift” of Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) is part of the Master Site Plan. TFAC entry doors open onto newly bricked porch and sidewalk along the renovated drive, which allows easy access for cars and buses. (photo submitted by Marianne Carruth)

TFAC building receives facelift

Published 7:46pm Thursday, November 29, 2012

Work on the Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) continues quietly and intensely on Melrose Avenue in Tryon.

Less conspicuous painting and rockwork have recently replaced the loud and dramatic work of house removal and earth moving.

Terry Hudson and his team of skilled workers, responsible for many beautiful rock walls throughout Polk County, are again working magic at the TFAC campus.

The master site plan also includes “minor” work on the exterior of the building. A crew of painters is in the process of pressure washing and repainting the building – not an easy feat on the hillside property.   Rick Dunn and his team are utilizing cranes situated in the parking lot of neighboring Lanier Library to lift painters to the top of the 43-year-old art center building.

Changes to the front of the building include not only cleaning and painting, but some updating as well. The cloudy glass over the front doors will be replaced. The lantern over the center door, cracked for years, has been removed; giving a clean and open look to the new façade. Lighting fixtures are in place to illuminate 10’ banners on both sides of the entrance, giving a more contemporary look to the 43-year-old center.

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