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

Last Chance to Save a Modernist Icon by G. Milton Small, Jr.

northwestern_john_morris_2014

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.

Read more »

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.

Read more »

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.
Read more »


Discuss Raleigh

  • Recent Comments:

    • Steve Willis: Any body remember the red pig bbq joint on s Saunders open pit fringe those pork skins great bbq for a...
    • Charlotte: My mother, who is 90, remembers the first wooden building and her father’s first business flight to New...
    • Printer Helpers: Remarkable help and moment help from the experts of Printer Helpers. This previous Tuesday, my Epson...
    • Billy Cobb: Who are the original owners of the Wootens Hometel?
    • Yundian: Good post, I like the pics, want to see more
    • Ed Bremson: Thank you for this. This is the only photo I’ve seen of the way this looked in the mid-sixties. I...
    • Dennis: Link: https://www.newspapers.com/ima ge/651047255/?terms=Lt.%20Wals h&match=1
    • Dennis Barrington: Found corroborating evidence. Eye witness account published in the N&O on 15 April 1928 where...


  •