Built in the 1920s, these buildings originally were occupied by Standard Oil Company, which used the space as a local distribution site. The North Street building served as Standard Oil’s offices while the West Street building was used as a warehouse. The two buildings are some of Raleigh’s rare examples of poured-in-place concrete structures.
David Allen Marble and Tile Co. bought the site in the 1940s and remained the tenant until 2003, when the company moved to its new headquarters in Southeast Raleigh. Empire Properties bought the building in 2004. The building is currently leased by Builders of Hope, a nonprofit group working to increase the availability of high-quality, safe, affordable housing for working families.
Builders of Hope