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137 S. Wilmington
  Heilig Levine Renovation in process
115-117 E. Hargett Street  

This collection of buildings was formerly home to the African-American lodge of the Odd Fellows, located on what was once the historically black main street in downtown Raleigh. As the Odd Fellows building, it was the equivalent to the building at 19 W. Hargett Street, which was home to the local white chapter of Odd Fellows. The Odd Fellows building is the most historically prominent of the four at Heilig Levine buildings because it is home to the oldest continuously running barbershop in Raleigh. It is reminiscent of the day when all of Raleigh's barbers were black, and most of their shops were located on Hargett Street.

Even more significant was that Fred Carnage, a prominent black attorney and a member of Raleigh's school board during desegregation, maintained his law offices on the second floor for almost 50 years. The third floor was the Odd Fellows lodge from the 1920s through the 1950s, when the lodge was abandoned. Many of the lodge's artifacts that were left behind are now being preserved by Empire Properties. In addition to renovating the building's third floor, the barbershop will be restored to its original glory while the barber continues to operate, and the second floor will be renovated into offices.

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