The Raleigh Banking and Trust Co. Building (also known as the Raleigh Building), one of downtown Raleigh's remaining early-twentieth-century skyscrapers, was not originally a skyscraper at all. Atlanta architect Philip Thornton Mayre designed a three-story base with load-bearing exterior masonry walls and an interior steel frame in 1913. In 1928, the H. A. Underwood firm designed the second phase of eight stories with a steel-frame skeleton and brick-veneer walls.  In 1935-36, the lower three stories were updated with a Moderne look and the interior was remodeled. The building houses retail and other commercial uses at the ground floor and office space above.

Photo by Michael Zirkle Photography
© Raleigh Historic Development Commission

5 West Hargett Street
1913; 1928-1929; 1935-1936
Neoclassical Revival/Chicago School
with Moderne elements


Philip Thornton Mayre
H.A. Underwood 

Local/National Designations
Raleigh Historic Landmark
National Register of Historic Places


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