Tryon mayor: Missildine’s work ‘drop dead gorgeous’

Published 8:00 am Friday, May 18, 2018

TRYON — Tryon Mayor Alan Peoples recently called the restoration work at Missildine’s downtown “absolutely drop dead gorgeous.”

The Tryon Town Council met Tuesday and approved a proclamation recognizing designers Dean Trakas and Julie McIntyre, builder Mike Karaman and owners Scott and Gayle Lane.

The renovation project was completed last year, with space created for new retail on the main floor, a restaurant downstairs and apartment spaces upstairs. The former Tryon Federal Building, which previously served as Missildine’s Pharmacy, a bank and the Jackson building, was renovated back to its original three separate buildings by the Lanes, with businesses filling all spaces.

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The Lanes are currently renovating the Tryon Theatre, which is scheduled to reopen sometime this summer.

The North Carolina Main Street Project recently recognized the Lanes for their historic renovation of the three buildings.

Peoples said he wanted to recognize the designers, the person who built it and the two people actually behind it.

“The rehabilitation of the Missildines, Bank and Jackson Building was recognized as a 2017 North Carolina Main Street Award Winner for historic rehabilitation through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Main Street and Rural Planning Center, as recognition to individuals who have been instrumental in the revitalization of downtown,” Peoples said.

The town’s proclamation said the renovation of the buildings spurred tremendous growth in Tryon’s historic downtown, with the project enabling growth and expansion of three retail locations, one restaurant and three residential spaces.

“The project enabled downtown Tryon to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Peoples said. “The project has served for an example of public private partnerships in historic preservation and economic development.”

The town recognized the Lanes, Karaman, Trakas and Commissioner Crys Armbrust for their commitment to historic preservation and economic development in Tryon.