David Weaver made Raleigh swing in the 1930s and 1940s. Weaver managed the dance hall in the Masonic Temple at 427 S. Blount Street; he ran a soda shop, billiard hall, beer garden, and a social club there, too. Weaver was also the local booking agent of the New York-based Gale Agency, which had connections to Harlem's famed Savoy Ballroom. Through the agency, Weaver brought jazz greats like Count Basie and Duke Ellington to Raleigh. Weaver, a musician himself, and his wife Ernestine built their house in Idlewild in 1922; it is a conservative blend of Queen Anne and Craftsman styles. Private residence.

Photo by Michael Zirkle Photography

1203 East Lane Street
Queen Anne/Craftsman


J.C. Moring
Edward Fincher

Local/National Designations
Raleigh Historic Landmark


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