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Introducing ‘Project Bird’s Eye View’

In 1872, Camille N. Drie set out to document the city of Raleigh, providing a “Bird’s Eye View” of the city. It was just a few years after the War Between the States, and back then Raleigh was a relatively small capital city in the South. Despite how it appears, his map was not drawn from a hot air balloon. Instead, he made a series of drawings from vantage points across the city and later stitched them together.

Although the intricately detailed drawing shows hundreds of structures across Raleigh, there aren’t many still standing. Project Bird’s Eye View is a new series in which we will document the remaining structures from this historical map and provide a small bit of history of the building over the years.

The first entry is 227 S. Wilmington Street, now home to Slim’s Downtown Distillery.

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Window at Slims

I took this picture of a couple sitting in the window at Slim’s.

Love for a Timeless Classic: Playing Pinball in Raleigh

Straddling a line between purely physical gaming components (such as foosball) and electronic gaming (traditional microprocessor controlled video games), pinball occupies a special place in the hearts of those who grew up in the era prior to computer and home console video games. Although I grew up with computer and console games, my first job was at a video arcade where I spent many nights cleaning and repairing coin-operated pinball machines.

Shortly after being reminded of this sentimental favorite, I embarked on a cross-town quest to play every pinball machine I could find.

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    • George: Greetings, A very impressive and informative site. Can you tell me where the Guion Hotel was located? Many...
    • Lydia Guterman: Thank you for holding up this piece of history. My grandfather was William Morse, and I spent much of...
    • Linda Brannan Burton: I was born at Rex on St. Mary’s St., 9/6/1956. My parents told me about the original...
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    • Maurine Kennedy: My husband’s grandfather was James Matthew Kennedy, this very architect. It is fun for me to...
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    • Jason: Connie, Efirds was the shop at 208 Fayetteville… it later became Hudson Belk, where most people called...
    • matt: Great job Ian!


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