A tour of the federal building, now owned by the county
Swain County has ownership of the federal building on Main Street, acquiring the building from the federal government May 2017 under the National Historic Registry.
The county and town are in discussions for the Bryson City Police Department to be housed in half of the first floor, which was used by the US Marshalls and previously served as the Post Office.
Swain County Schools will utilize the second floor for offices and the county will use the third floor for offices.
Plans also include potentially installing a commercial kitchen on the first floor and repurposing the old courtroom as a space for large conferences.
Completed in 1962, the federal building was an example of GSA small courthouse architecture with a Formalist design of the Modernist era. A.G. Odell was the architect from Charlotte, a preeminent Modernist architect of the post –WWII period.