When Empire Properties started looking beyond the warehouse district in the late 1990s for new buildings to preserve and renovate, the company saw great potential in this historic two-story building that overlooked Moore Square, an urban green park in the heart of downtown Raleigh. The square is one of the original four, four-acre squares designed as part of surveyor and Senator William Christmas’ “Plan of Raleigh, 1792.” (Nash Square is the only other remaining of the original four squares; Burke Square and Caswell Square were built upon.) The Pour House, which is a private music club, opened in the space in 1998 and has featured such as artists as Jerry Jeff Walker, Leon Russell and Marshall Crenshaw. Empire Properties purchased the building in 2000.
The Pour House