The Raleigh Electric Company built this building and its coal-fired steam-driven turbines to power Raleigh's electric street car system and to augment power supplies for the city. The structure's tripartite arrangement, featuring a gable-front roof and structural-steel framing system faced with common bond brick, reflects typical industrial design of the era. Its life as a steam plant likely ended in 1930 when the boiler house became a storage area. In 1998, the building was rehabilitated for commercial use.

Photo by Michael Zirkle Photography 
© Raleigh Historic Development Commission

513-515 West Jones Street
ca. 1910, 1930
Early 20th-century Industrial



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


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