I’m being lazy today and just giving you the heads up on this event.
The Raleigh Historic Districts Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 to review the nomination of the Fayetteville Street Historic District for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
The public is invited to comment on the nomination at the meeting, which will be held at the City of Raleigh Urban Design Center, 133 Fayetteville St. (at the intersection of Hargett Street). Residents with hearing impairments who need sign language services at the meeting should call the City of Raleigh Public Affairs Department, 890-3107 (TDD) or 890-3100, at least 48 hours or two business days prior to the meeting.
Raleigh currently has 87 individual property listings and 24 historic districts in the National Register. Listing in the National Register allows property owners to become eligible for state and federal tax credits for rehabilitation of properties for commercial and residential purposes.
The Fayetteville Street Historic District consists of the 100-400 blocks of Fayetteville Street, the 00-100 blocks of the south side of West Hargett Street, the 00 block of the north side of West Martin Street, and the 100-400 blocks of South Salisbury Street. The buildings in the district are predominantly commercial and date from the final years of the third quarter of the 19th century into the third quarter of the 20th century. Only two of the buildings in the district were initially built for government use rather than for commercial purposes. The Fayetteville Historic District also contains a full range of architectural styles and types.
Additionally, 11 buildings in the Fayetteville Street Historic District are listed on the National Register. They are:
• Masonic Temple at 133 Fayetteville St. (the building that houses the Urban Design Center);
• Briggs Hardware Store building at 220 Fayetteville St.;
• Lumsden-Boone Building, 226 Fayetteville St.;
• Mahler Building, 228 Fayetteville St.;
• Carolina Trust Building, 230 Fayetteville St.;
• Federal Building, 314 Fayetteville St.
• Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel, 400 Fayetteville St.;
• Raleigh Bank and Trust Company Building, 5 W. Hargett St.;
• Oddfellows Building, 19 W. Hargett St.;
• McLellan’s Five and Dime Annex, 14 W. Martin St.; and,
• Capital Club Building, 16 W. Martin St.
The Raleigh Historic Districts Commission serves as the City Council’s official historic preservation advisory body to identify, preserve, protect and educate the public about Raleigh’s historic resources.
The tax credit for rehabilitating properties should help Fayetteville St. keep the charm it has for a long time. Let’s hope everything goes well for North Carolina’s Main Street.