Prominent business law firm Blanco Tackabery will move to downtown Winston-Salem’s SENTINELCOMMMONS  in mid-summer of 2021 creating a dynamic boost to the much anticipated redevelopment project. The firm will lease approximately 23,000 SF on the Ground and Second Floors of the complex. SENTINELCOMMONS is the redevelopment of the former Winston-Salem Journal property bounded by Marshall, Fifth and Spruce Streets. The Journal remains a tenant in the complex and has been joined by others including Gemcap Development and Parks Companies. LAMBERT Architecture + Interiors is also a tenant in addition to being the designer for the overall redevelopment project and Blanco Tackabery’s new offices.

George Hollodick, attorney and vice-president of Blanco Tackabery, said “We are very excited about our upcoming move. The move of the firm to downtown will allow for the firm’s growth and enable  Blanco Tackabery to continue to play a central role in Winston-Salem’s business community. Over 45 years ago, Don House and David Blanco set out to build a law firm founded on the key principles of trust, exceptional client service and exemplary legal advice. Over the years, our firm has grown, yet we still combine the experience and sophistication of a large firm with a level of personal service that our clients appreciate. This new office space will allow us to expand on that tradition and become even more engaged with our community.” Blanco Tackabery has 26 attorneys including practice groups that cover commercial real estate, civil litigation, estates/trusts, business law, bankruptcy/creditor’s rights, affordable housing and renewable energy development.

Kane Wilkerson, the building manager and project developer for 418 Marshall Street Properties, said, “We are thrilled to have Blanco Tackabery join SENTINELCOMMONS. Having the firm as a prime tenant represents a tipping point for the redevelopment of the property. We have made incremental progress over the past 4 years with interior infrastructure improvements as well as stunning interior spaces for the other tenants here. This will allow us to turn our focus to key renovations on the exterior of the building. We are in final negotiations with additional tenants and will announce more details within the next few months along with plans for the exterior improvements.”

Stuart McCormick, President of LAMBERT Architecture and Interiors, outlined the design for the law firm’s new office space: “Blanco Tackabery’s entrance and reception lobby will occupy the ground floor of the historic 1927 building at 404 N. Marshall Street. The space features the original paneled wainscot and 13-foot-tall arched windows. Three conference rooms convenient for client meetings will be located off the lobby and the majority of the attorney and legal staff offices will be located on the 2nd floor of the building complex. All offices will incorporate glass fronts allowing natural light to permeate the interior.”

SENTINELCOMMONS is unique in its history and layout. Built for the Winston-Salem Journal as their headquarters and printing / distribution operations, The oldest portion was completed in 1927 and won the NC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects “Building of the Year” award that same year. Designed by architect Harold Macklin, the exterior was modeled on Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Despite the c. 1700’s historic styling, the structure was fully modern for the day with a concrete-clad steel frame and a sprinkler system forming a “fireproof” building. The complex had a significant expansion in 1958 in the mid-Century modern style and a final expansion in 1982 that extended all the way to Fifth Street.

Frank L. Blum Construction continues as construction manager for the redevelopment of the complex. Jeff Andrews of Commercial Realty Advisors represented Blanco Tackabery in the transaction. Nick Gonzalez of Linville Team Partners represented the building owners.


Mike Reed, Marketing Manager
Blanco Tackabery, Attorneys and Counselors at Law