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Two buildings up for Raleigh historic designation

Posted June 8, 2011

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— Two properties are being considered to join the list of Raleigh historic landmarks.

The Raleigh City Council held a joint public hearing on Tuesday about Raleigh Furniture Building, 119 E. Hargett St., and the Paula and Elsie Stahl House, 3017 Granville Drive.

The Raleigh Furniture Company building, a brick three-story late Romanesque Revival commercial building incorporating Italianate elements, was built in 1914. The building has been restored to a historically accurate wood storefront including a fully glazed transom and a copper cornice. The upper stories are divided into three bays by brick pilasters and horizontal corbelled molding that frames both stories of each bay.

In the 1920s and 1930s, East Hargett Street between Fayetteville Street and Blount Street became a center of commerce and was known as the ‘Black Main Street” due to its location near City Market, Moore Square and predominately African-American communities. The Raleigh Furniture Company building is one of a few architecturally significant buildings remaining from that time.

The Stahl House is a contemporary ranch that includes window walls, an open interior floor plan, a low-pitched side-gabled roof and post and beam construction. The house was designed by local architect Milton Small and built by Frank Walser in 1956.

The Stahl House has seen no alterations and no significant replacement of materials or architectural elements. Original materials, finishes and light fixtures remain.

Officials say the house is significant in the development of post-war architecture in Raleigh and as a rare example of a house in the contemporary style.

Following Tuesday’s hearing, the council referred the matter back to the Raleigh Historical Districts Commission, which will review information received during the public hearing and make a final recommendation to council during its regular meeting on June 21.

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  • ICTrue Jun 13, 2011

    "Two properties are being considered to join the list of Raleigh historic landmarks"

    Tear them down, quick...otherwise we'll be stuck pouring money into them forever.

  • butterpie Jun 9, 2011

    One of the things I really enjoy about Raleigh is being able to drive around and discover wonderful homes/buildings designed by the Modernist architectural movement that came out of NCSU during the 50's and 60's, if I have my dates correct. The architect that designed this house, Milton Small, I believe studied under Mies van der Rohe. We had cutting edge architects come out of that movement, and their examples are all over the triangle, and they are a sight to behold. Having those homes in Raleigh adds so much value to our city. Hopefully no more will be altered or destroyed. The Tar Heel Traveler should do a piece on these homes.

  • skyyekatfromafar Jun 9, 2011

    Historical may--or may not--seem as such to the immediate audience. But for future generations the house will definitely be considered 'historical' as it does represent an era just as does all other landmark homes throughout the state and nation. We tend to view or 'value' things/circumstances differently even when they happen in our lifetime. Just because a house/structure was built at some point in our lifetime it may not seem historical. Yet, the assassination of a president in that same time frame would be considered historical. Just saying . . .

  • dwntwnboy Jun 9, 2011

    If there was ever a story that could use a pic or a map- THIS is it.

  • hermiem Jun 9, 2011

    mjjunk - I agree with you. The furniture store I can see. The home really is not "historic."

  • Evildog Jun 9, 2011

    How about a picture or a map? It would be nice to see you put a little effort into a story once in a while

  • mjjunk Jun 8, 2011

    I can understand the Raleigh Furniture Building being considered historic, but the other property doesn't seem "historic". It might be "rare", but to classify because it is well preserved is a little too loose with the definition of historic.