For Commercial Rehabilitation of the Carolina Trust Building, 230 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh
Constructed in 1902, the Classical Revival-style commercial building symbolizes the original maturation in the early 20th century of Fayetteville Street as the City of Raleigh’s central retail district. The building was occupied by a variety of prominent businesses including Carolina Trust Company, National Cash Register, Merchants National Bank, Wachovia Bank and Trust Company, A.C. Hinton and Son Tailoring, the American Red Cross, McClellan’s Dime Store, McCrory’s and various individual professionals.
Over a century later, the Carolina Trust Building has been masterfully rehabilitated. In particular, after decades during which the upper levels were sealed-off, natural light has been introduced into the interiors by reconstructing a fully-glazed wood storefront with transom, restoring all exterior sash windows, re-opening two interior light wells that provide light and ventilation to every individual office, and preserving the central hallway’s grand stair. In addition, the rehabilitation retained the original brick façade and the remarkably-intact interior office suite configurations, including plaster walls, wooden floors, wood trim, wood doors, and the glazed door transoms.
Today, the Carolina Trust Building is home to a diverse mix of businesses serving the Raleigh community. The local North State Bank occupies the historically reconstructed Fayetteville Street storefront; and, an event space on the second floor is aptly named ‘The Stockroom at 230’. The fully occupied Carolina Trust Building also contains several law offices on the upper floors and a private residence, as well as ‘Crossfit Invoke’ along the Salisbury Street storefront.
With its prominent architectural presence on Raleigh’s ‘Main Street,’ the Carolina Trust Building is a significant visual and economic symbol of on-going commercial revitalization in the City of Raleigh’s historic downtown.
The Board of Directors of Capital Area Preservation, Inc. is pleased to present a 2012 Anthemion Award to Empire Properties, LLC, Empire Hardhat Construction, Inc., Maurer Architecture, and North State Bank for the commercial rehabilitation of the Carolina Trust Building, 230 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.