After first serving as Asheville's city health officer, Reynolds made his greatest impact as a state health officer. While serving as Secretary of the State Board of Health, Reynolds acted as a key author in a landmark report that re-envisioned the role of the state in public health. Indeed, the forward thinking ideas proposed in this 1945 report by the North Carolina Hospital and Medical Care Commission to the General Assembly foreshadowed the now widely held belief that the state holds a civic duty to ensure the well being of its citizenry through coordinated public health programs.2
While the 1940s saw Reynolds making waves in public heath, his Proximity Park home was over two decades in his past; in 1920, he sold the home to the Grove Park School. With the addition of a school building next to the original structure, the Reynolds House enjoyed two decades of renown as a home to the Plonk School of Creative Arts.
It was in 1941 that the house was transformed into its current state as the Albermarle Inn. Yet the Inn and the creative arts still mixed. It was here, after all, that Hungarian composer Bela Bartok was inspired to complete his Asheville Concerto (formally known as Third Concerto for Piano).3 After over a century, the Reynolds House still stands as a testament to its neoclassical revival birth, and the Albermarle Inn has stayed true to its architectural heritage.