Goodnight Raleigh - a look at the art, architecture, history, and people of the city at night

You Are Invited to Explore ‘Lost Raleigh’ This Sunday, April 23, at Mordecai Historic Park.

Park Hotel_1

The Wake County Historical Society will host Goodnight Raleigh’s publisher and history editor, Raleigh Boy, this weekend for a photo presentation on Raleigh’s lost architectural treasures. The event will take place at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitors Center, corner Cedar St. and Wake Forest Rd., Sunday, April 23, at 2.00 pm. A nominal $5.00 admission fee will go to support Wake County Historical Society and its programs.

Whether you are a Raleigh native, longtime resident, or newcomer, and have an interest in our city’s architecture and history, you don’t want to miss this event. Raleigh Boy (aka Karl Larson) wrote his master’s thesis on Raleigh’s history, works in the photography collections unit at the state archives, and has spent more than 45 years photographing and studying the Capital City’s rich past. Please join us Sunday afternoon for what is sure to be an eye-opening presentation on Raleigh’s lost architectural heritage.

Here is just a sampling of the lost landmarks we will explore. How many do you recognize?

State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

Carter Braxton Harrison villa. Built 1860. Demolished 1962.

 

State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

Academy of Music Opera House. Built 1892. Demolished 1959.

 

State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

Octavius Coke Mansion. Built ca 1875. Demolished ca 1950. 

 

State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

Baptist Female University. Built 1895-97. Demolished 1967.

 

State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

Raleigh City Hall and Auditorium. Built 1910. Demolished 1960.

 

State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

Duncan Cameron Mansion. Built 1835. Demolished 1938.

 

State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

Nazareth Catholic Orphanage. Built 1907. Demolished ca 1978.

 

State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

Thomas Kenan Residence. Built ca 1890. Demolished 1950.

 

State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

Tucker Building. Built 1899. Demolished 1966.

 

State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

Dorothea Dix Hospital. Designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, built 1850.

State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

Demolition of the central pavilion, 1951.

 

Lost Raleigh, a photo presentation of Raleigh’s lost architectural treasures
April 23, 2017
2.00 pm
Mordecai Historic Park
Corner Wake Forest Rd. and Cedar St., Raleigh, NC

Sponsored by the Wake County Historical Society


Discuss Raleigh

  • Recent Comments:

    • Sandra: It is my understanding that the Cameron House was across Hillsborough in front of St Mary’s. Not...
    • Anna Ball Hodge: Also wondering why the Cameron House was demolished, where was it?
    • Anna Ball Hodge: I am teaching an art class at the Cardinal during that time. HATE to miss it. Hope it will be...
    • Elizabeth: Hey guys I am so dying to hear more! I am writing a book about RDU and want to make the book as personal...
    • Donna Harrison: While conducting research on my family tree, I found that a distant uncle was educated at Leonard and...
    • scott t: i think that big mirrored clock tower got drizzled with pigeon poop.
    • scott t: yeah…FSM was a bit angular. but theos plant boxes made excellent outdoor lunch time seats. i used FSM...
    • Janice Freeman Poole: I was born @ St. Agnes Hospital on June 12, 1958. Glad to be part of the History of such a...


  •