Progress continues on Phase I of Tryon Fine Arts expansion

Published 3:43 pm Monday, November 12, 2012

Stonemasons carefully work to construct the stonewall at Tryon Fine Arts Center lining the 8-foot-wide paved pathway which will provide an accessible route for patrons. The pathway will enhance the hillside site and improve access to the fine arts center previously accessible only by steep stairs alongside the building. For more information call 828-859-8322 or visit

Work continues on the hillside campus at Tryon Fine Arts Center as the crew from Hudson Stone Works constructs more than 5,700 square feet of stone walls outlining the new access path and driveway designed by Landscape Architect Mark Byington of Innocenti & Webel.

The 8-foot-wide pathway will improve handicap access from parking lots to the front door of the 44-year-old arts center.

Construction of the stone walls will dovetail with other elements of the project and should be complete within three to four weeks.  Electric wiring to service the pathway, amphitheater and linear garden will be installed as the stone is laid. Posts for the hand railing will be mounted by blacksmith Bill Crowell and built in by the stonemasons.

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Once the stone walls are complete, final grading and paving of the driveway, path and amphitheater will begin. Construction is on schedule to be scomplete in early January 2013. Phase I of TFAC’s Master Site and Building Plan will be finished by March 2013, when landscaping of the new hillside park and green spaces will be completed.

To learn more about the project, please visit or call 828-859-8322.  Tryon Fine Arts Center, located on Melrose Avenue in Tryon, has been a center for participation in the visual and performing arts for 44 years.

– article submitted by Marianne Carruth