The Peace Center plans to restore and expand the Wyche Pavilion.
Plans submitted to the City of Greenville Design Review Board Urban Panel call for preserving, enclosing, and conditioning the existing structure and an addition that will house a kitchen, restrooms, meeting space and an elevator. The new/renovated building will be fully ADA accessible.
Peace Center President and CEO Megan Riegel said the project will create a new performance and event space, serve the community by enhancing the connectivity to Falls Park, and preserve a building with historical significance to the city.
“This project will significantly enhance the Peace Center and downtown Greenville,” she said. “It takes the shell of a building which is an underutilized real estate asset and creates a new music and event venue.”
The restoration of the brick building had been a part of the Peace Center’s initial campus development; because of financial constraints, however, the building was reduced in size, gutted and turned into the open-air pavilion that exists today.
The Wyche will be outfitted as a fully-functioning performance venue, featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment. The open floor plan will allow for a variety of configurations, from cabaret to concert-style seating, to a standing room-only space. In addition to the grand entryway which overlooks the Reedy River, the new structure will support catering and back-of-house operations.
Peace Center founding president Betty Stall said, “I am just delighted by the new plans for the Wyche renovation. Our original vision for the Wyche, developed by Kirk Craig, included adding a second floor for a restaurant or office space. This never happened because at the time the vast financial resources required to open the Peace Center were necessarily and appropriately allocated to the Peace Concert Hall and Gunter Theatre.”
Sitework improvements will include new utilities. A new boardwalk along the Reedy River and deck between the Wyche and TD stage will allow public access around the building. The boardwalk and deck will be built out of the floodway. New concrete paving and a fire lane will connect the Camperdown development at Japanese Dogwood Lane (under the Main Street bridge) past the Wyche and TD stage and connect with Broad Street. Landscape improvement and vehicular access will be provided as outline in the drawings provided.
Riegel said the project will dramatically improve the Peace Center’s riverside campus, particularly the pedestrian walkway from Broad Street to Falls Park. The landscaping, designed by Earth Design, will feature environmentally friendly plantings chosen to evolve with the change of season.
The Wyche restoration is the first phase of a larger master plan, which includes renovation of the Roe Coach Factory and two Main Street buildings: the Markley and the Gullick. All three buildings are currently leased.
View the entire DRB submission here. The next public hearing of the DRB during which this proposal will be discussed is Feb. 7, at 4 p.m., on the 10th floor of City Hall.
Senior staff writer Cindy Landrum contributed to this report.