Old Paso courthouse now houses Wallace Home Medical Supplies

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comMay 9, 2013 

The old Paso Robles courthouse is now home to Wallace Home Medical Supplies, which uses the 3,300-square-foot space for its showroom and offices.

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A local businessman who acquired the old Paso Robles courthouse that San Luis Obispo County auctioned off in 2011 has reopened the building with a revamped look.

Wallace Home Medical Supplies now uses the 3,300-square-foot space for its showroom and offices.

Founder and president Trago Wallace said he paid $470,000 for the building at 549 10th St. and invested an additional $140,000 on renovations.

The building was first auctioned off to buyer Richard H. Lenz for $377,500. Wallace previously said Lenz fixed up the structure and sold it to him at a profit.

Wallace began construction in fall 2012. Work wrapped up in mid-March.

The company, which opened in 2004 at 1414 Park St. downtown, has eight employees. It sells such items as hospital beds, wheelchairs, wrist braces and oxygen supplies. The move helped triple the size of the showroom.

Interior work to transform the old courthouse into a business included knocking down walls to combine spaces for a more spacious, open interior, Wallace said.

He also added a main entrance to the rear of the building, a parking lot in the back and worked on disabled access by improving the parking, adding a ramp and enlarging a bathroom.

The company also repainted and put in new floors.

Trago worked to keep some features from the courthouse days present, including keeping the flagpole and the traffic ticket window near the front entrance.

The courthouse, at 549 10th St., became vacant in 2008 with the opening of the new courthouse at 10th and Park streets.

The county had twice before tried to sell the property, only to come up with no bidders.

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