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Last Chance to Save a Modernist Icon by G. Milton Small, Jr.

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The former Northwestern Mutual Insurance Building at 3515 Glenwood Avenue is living on borrowed time. The building I wrote about in 2008, G. Milton Small – My Favorite Architect, is scheduled for demolition unless a tenant steps forward to lease the space.

George Smart of North Carolina Modernist Houses is leading an effort to save this magnificent building, and will hold an open house at the site on May 7th, from 4:30-7:00 PM.

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Walk Raleigh: Take a Guided ‘Walk and Talk’ Tour Downtown This Weekend

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A note from the publisher: We would like to introduce our first guest contributor, Lauren Pritchett. Lauren is a native of the Triangle area and attended NC State University. She currently lives in Raleigh’s Cameron Park neighborhood with her husband and their dog, Quailford. Aside from blogging about life in Raleigh, Lauren works as an account manager for a web marketing firm.

Exploring Raleigh’s Historic Business District

Storytelling is vital to historic preservation in our community. We can put forth all of the money and effort to keep a structure sound, but without the avid storytellers, these structures would not hold the time-tested significance that they deserve. That’s one of the reasons that I, like so many of my Raleigh neighbors, am so fond of Goodnight Raleigh. The Goodnight Raleigh community brings awareness to our city’s fascinating past, which makes us more thoughtful when planning for the future.

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The Friends of Oberlin Cemetery Need Your Help!

Photo credit: John Morris

Photo credit: John Morris

Can you donate a couple hours of your time this weekend to help the Friends of Oberlin Cemetery preserve an important Raleigh historic landmark? We invite the community to join them in their effort to protect and preserve Raleigh’s 140 year-old African American Oberlin Cemetery.

The Friends are sponsoring an Oberlin Cemetery Community Clean Up this Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon at the site, which is located at 1014 Oberlin Road. Volunteers are asked to come dressed for yard work and debris removal.

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St. Mary’s School, Raleigh, N.C.
by Raleigh Boy

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Our featured Flashback Friday postcard this week depicts a nostalgic view of the Saint Mary’s School campus which now exists only in long ago lost memories. Sure, Smedes Hall and East and West Rock are still there, but the view today is a far cry from how it appeared in 1908 when this card was dropped into the letterbox.

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