The City of Raleigh Museum will host Goodnight Raleigh’s publisher and history editor, Raleigh Boy, this week for a photo presentation on Raleigh’s lost architectural treasures. The event will take place at the COR Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Wednesday, March 11, at 7.00 pm in the museum’s gallery. Admission is free.
This week we revisit Nehi Bottling Company. A great deal has changed in the short time since our last Then and Now post featuring this building, so we decided to give it another go. Since then, the building was purchased by James A. Goodnight who is becoming known for his extensive and detailed building restorations in Raleigh.
“The Raleigh Building, the Raleigh Building, that’s all he talks about.” My mother rolled her eyes as she lamented my father’s closing moments. She was right: until he bid his final good night to Raleigh, Bob Wollman was synonymous with the Raleigh Building. It was his dominion, just as it had been his father’s. From leaseholder to secretary, everyone in that building could count on him to cater to their needs and provide for their comfort in every season.