Chances are you’re familiar with what is arguably the most prominent icon of downtown Raleigh’s resurgence: The Raleigh Times Bar. You may also be familiar with the namesake of that bar, The Raleigh Times, which served as the city’s afternoon newspaper for more than 100 years, spanning the period from 1879 until 1989. What you may not be familiar with is the building the paper occupied after it moved in 1920 from its original home on Hargett St. The second Raleigh Times is located on W. Martin Street, facing Nash Square.
Historical photograph by Barden, Ellington’s Studio, Raleigh, N.C.
To accomodate its expanding operations, the building pictured above was built in 1920 specifically for the afternoon daily. The Raleigh Times was headquartered here and ran its presses at this location until 1955, when the News & Observer bought them out and folded the paper’s operations into their own.
In 1959 the building was vacant, but by 1962 the N.C. Farm Bureau was occupying the space. It was probably around this time the original façade was covered with the Modernist version that now adorns it. In terms of construction, it occupies a very unique niche: early 20th century commercial style, coupled with a mid-century modernist street-front façade.
The Farm Bureau remained there for many years. Currently, this building, the forgotten Raleigh Times, serves as leased office space for various tenants. Adjacent to it is the former Western Union building, where Taz will soon open up his fourth corner market.