Published 12:12 pm Monday, May 4, 2020

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Tryon Fine Art Center’s building addition is more than just a pretty face. The new construction is also helping mitigate the inherent problem of inadequate accessibility. Some access issues have been improved over the past decade: the Eifert Plaza provides easy access to the lobby and auditorium, eliminating curbs at the front entrance and the Polk County Community Foundation Garden Walkway connects the front of the building to the back using a gently sloping path as an alternative to steep steps.


The new pavilion addition to back of the Melrose Avenue building is designed with accessibility at the forefront. Marianne Carruth Executive Director explains, “The new addition features a multi-purpose room on ground level, so there are no curbs or steps to block your way. The new Jeanne Parker Exhibit Gallery is on the same level with easy access for everyone. New handicap accessible restrooms have been installed as part of the interior renovations for patrons enjoying the new addition or the Peterson Amphitheater.”

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Carruth continues, “We want our entire campus to be as obstacle free as possible, so automatic door openers are available at ground level on west side of the building addition. A new ramp in the Mahler Board Room now provides easy access to that space and to our relocated offices.”


TFAC will also install several new parking spaces adjacent to the new pavilion addition that will be designated accessible parking.

Tryon Fine Arts Center is a nonprofit organization located on Melrose Avenue in Tryon, North Carolina. TFAC operates and programs a 315 seat performance venue and 150 seat amphitheater, an exhibit gallery and a two story flexible use pavilion for art education, music, theatre, dance, and lectures.  TFAC makes the arts accessible to local students through education and outreach programs. More information about Tryon Fine Arts Center is available online at or by calling 828-859-8322.