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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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Goodbye Little Maryknoll — Another Raleigh Modernist Landmark Lost

Photo Special GNR Correspondent Jesse Dotson

Photo credit: Jesse Dotson, GNR special correspondent

Within days of the destruction of the exquisitely designed modernist Paschal house last month, the Diocese of Raleigh announced that the former residence of the Bishop of Raleigh on Bilyeu St., known familiarly as “Little Maryknoll,” would soon meet the same fate. Sadly, demolition began Wednesday.

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Raleigh, Then and Now: Nehi Bottling Company

Top: 1944, Bottom: 2012
Top image courtesy State Archives of North Carolina

Nestled beside the Wilmont Apartments on Hillsborough Street sits one of Raleigh’s earliest examples of modernist architecture.  Built in 1937, the building first functioned as the Nehi Bottling Company. Designed by acclaimed Raleigh architect William Henley Deitrick, it is a great example of the International style.

This early style of modernist architecture suggests volume rather than mass, and function rather than form.  The only ornamentation original to the building are the black glass tiles flanking the main entrance, some of which have fallen off in recent years.

Another example of this style, this time residential, can be found nearby on Turner St.
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