Local architect celebrates 20 years in Tryon

November 8, 2022

One would be hard-pressed to explore beautiful Tryon and the surrounding area without also appreciating the structural contributions of local architect, John Walters. Aside from his recently renovated office in downtown Tryon, over the last twenty years, Mr. Walters has left his mark on the Tryon Fine Arts Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, First Baptist Church, the Columbus Police Station, and the Polk County School System. Just a short trip over the state line to Landrum, and you’ll find his influence on the Smith Phayer Hospice House as well as the renovated Railway Depot. You may even be or know a homeowner who has worked with Mr. Walters on one of many local residential projects. Read more at:

Tryon Fine Arts Center Ribbon Cutting

August 14, 2020

On Friday, August 7 at 9:30 a.m., Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) celebrated the culmination of extensive renovations and the construction of the new Pavilion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The vast improvements are the result of years of planning and professional assistance from Architect John Walters of Tryon and Harper General Contractors of Greenville.

TFAC publicly unveils $2.7 million capital campaign

August 24, 2018

The Tryon Fine Arts Center announced plans for an addition and upgrades to their facility on Melrose Avenue. Designed by Tryon architect John Walters, the project will include a two-story height multi-purpose pavilion and additional interior modifications.

Walters to lead Upstairs Artspace Board

June 29, 2018

John Walters was elected President of the Board of Directors of Upstairs Artspace, a contemporary art gallery in Tryon, NC. Walters will lead the gallery during its 40th anniversary year, having been founded in 1978.

Saluda Family Practice Center Opens

June 19, 2018

The Saluda Family Practice Center officially opened with a ribbon cutting on June 18, 2018. Designed by Tryon architect John Walters, the center will provide medical service to Saluda as part of the St. Luke’s Hospital System.

St. Luke’s Hospital Infusion Center Now Open

August 10, 2017

John Walters, Architect participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the St. Luke’s Hospital Infusion Center.

John Walters presents bid results to Columbus Town Council

May 25, 2016

Bids were received for the Columbus, NC Police Department addition. Architect John Walters presented the bid results to the Columbus Town Council.

Polk County Board of Education selects John Walters, Architect PLLC to design new facility

April 10, 2013

John Walters was selected by the Polk County Board of Education to design the new facility for the Polk County Early College.

Landrum Depot work could start in late May

January 11, 2012

Architect John Walters presented an update to Landrum City Council on the progress of renovation plans for the Landrum depot during a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10. Walters said if everything follows schedule, the construction phase on the depot could begin near the end of May, with the building set to be completed by the end of 2012.

Landrum selects John Walters for depot renovations

October 20, 2011

Landrum City Council unanimously approved moving forward with John Walters Architect, PLLC of Tryon for the redesign of the town depot after a question-and-answer session Tuesday, Oct. 11. John Walters said he appreciated the vote of confidence from the city and the opportunity to improve such a historic landmark.

John Walters participates in TDDA design charrette

July 20, 2011

The Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA) recently held a charrette during which interested residents brainstormed possibilities for future development of the Palmer Street area in downtown Tryon. Architect John Walters said the TDDA has for a long time thought about doing a study on the Palmer Street area, which includes East Howard, Maple, Palmer and N. Trade streets.