Owner-developer Sidney J. Wollman built the Grosvenor Gardens Apartments, a three-story brick gable-roofed apartment complex. The building features three- and five-bay symmetric blocks with two-story openings filled with glass block that naturally illuminate the stairwells. All of the original entrances have six-panel doors and the gable roof retains the original Spanish terra cotta tiles. Wollman hired a landscape architect and invested $10,000 on the selection and siting of plants in a massive year-round courtyard garden. The elegant Georgian styling and the lush green landscape continue to provide Raleigh with the best articulated example of the garden apartment concept. It has remained in the private ownership of the Wollman family and still functions as apartments. Private residences.

Photo by D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club
courtesy of Preservation North Carolina

1101 Hillsborough Street
Georgian Revival


Sidney J. Wollman

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


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