Designed by prominent South Carolina architect, Charles McMillan, this downtown Raleigh landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the state’s oldest surviving steel-reinforced concrete building. Indiana limestone clads its first three floors, with tan brick and decorative terra cotta covering the upper stories. Built in 1907 as the Masonic Temple, this is North Carolina’s first skyscraper, towering seven stories. Traditionally, the building’s first floor was used for retail, with offices above. The main floor was reserved for Masonic Temple ceremonies, and a barbershop operated in the basement. The Masonic Temple Building, as it is now known, is occupied by the Raleigh Urban Design Center, a division of the department of City Planning, as well as by a number of professional offices. The basement is home to the Fish Market Gallery, North Carolina State University College of Design’s showcase of the newest young designers in the area.
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