THONWS-01-16-21 WALLBURG COUNCIL

Renovations to the historic Wall Home have entered the next phase. Though plans have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Wallburg Town Council hopes the home can be open for visitors sometime in the fall.

WALLBURG — Wallburg Town Council received an update this week on the ongoing George W. Wall Home project at the town’s regular January meeting.

Marty Marion, representing Metropolis Architecture, told council members that the restoration of the Wall Home had entered its next phase. Site work for the project will be contracted through Blakley Landscaping and Wilson-Covington Construction Company.

Five contractors prepared bids for completion of the work scheduled for the property at the corner of Motsinger Road and N.C. Highway 109. Two separate contracts were awarded for two separate bids, one for the site and one for the house. Architectural site drawings were provided to contractors and a pre-bid meeting was held for all interested contractors.

Work on the exterior steps, ramp and interior of the house will be completed, as well as grading, septic, landscaping and other associated projects. A meeting was held Dec. 1 at the house with all bidders, architects and council members who are charged with overseeing the completion of the home.

Marion, who is overseeing structural architecture of the Wall Home, has said this fall that he is seeing noticeable progress once again after delays due to weather and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year representatives from Winston-Salem-based Metropolis Architecture and Stimmel Associates, a landscape architectural firm, met with members of council to go over the next steps in renovating the Wall Home. Since that time, a walkthrough of the house was made available to the public and improvements to the home have continued.

In about six months, construction should be well underway, and if all goes well, the home could be open for visitors sometime in the fall.

Also during the meeting, Councilman Zane Hedgecock discussed the purchase of an air purifier which was placed inside the building at Wallburg Town Hall. Purifiers with HEPA, or high-efficiency particulate air filtration, efficiently capture particles the size of — and far smaller than — the virus that causes COVID-19.

According to the CDC, when used properly, air purifiers can help reduce airborne contaminants, including viruses, in a home or confined space.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.