Tryon honors architect Holland Brady with proclamationPublished 1:06pm Thursday, June 20, 2013
Editor’s Note: The following proclamation was presented to Tryon architect Holland Brady’s wife, Carolyn, and son, Marc, during council’s Tuesday, June 18 meeting in honor of Holland Brady for his years of dedication to Tryon. The town named June 21 Holland Brady Day in Tryon in celebration of what would have been his 88th birthday. Brady passed away Thursday, June 20.
WHEREAS Holland Brady is a native son of Tryon, born June 21, 1925 at the original St. Luke’s Hospital, located in the second story of the building that now hosts Owens Pharmacy; and
WHEREAS Holland Brady served his country bravely as a medic in the US Army in World War II from 1943 through 1946, serving with the 9th and 15th US Armies, the British Second Army and General George S. Patton’s Third Army, earning the Combat Medical Badge, three Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, The Victory Medal and the Purple Heart; and
WHEREAS, after completing his military service, Holland Brady attended University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in architecture, and served as President of the Iktinos Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity, while completing two professional internships in Chicago and Asheville; and
WHEREAS since returning to Tryon in 195 1, Holland Brady has practiced architectural design continuously in Tryon for more than 60 years, beginning his career by working under Tryon architect Shannon Meriwether, later becoming a partner in Meriwether’s firm and eventually taking over that firm; and
WHEREAS Holland Brady, along with his predecessors Meriwether and Russell Walcott, designed more than 700 buildings in and around Tryon since the early 1930s including the Tryon Presbyterian Church, the Forbes Preschool, the fire station for the Tryon Fire Department, the Book Shelf, the Tryon Elementary School expansion, the Lanier Library’s expansions, the Columbus United Methodist Church, the Parish House at St. John’s of the Wilderness in Flat Rock, NC, the fire stations for Columbus and Landrum in addition to many unique residences in the area; and