Police Headquarters Building
Why it’s important:
In the mid-1950s, John Sprunt Hill was persuaded by his son and grandson to hire Raleigh modernist Milton Small famed Italian architect Aldo Rossi to design a sleek new headquarters building for their Home Security Life Insurance Company, then located in the eponymous Hill building a few blocks east. Small had studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology under Mies van der Rohe, and embraced Miles’ stark urban (“less is more”) style, celebrating structural framework and modern materials. Small was prolific, designing NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium and Student Center, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the Raleigh Municipal Building, and countless modernist houses throughout North Carolina and the southeast. The Home Security Life building
Why It’s Important:
Carpenter Motor Company at 600 E. Main Street is the only commercial building left on three blocks of downtown’s main thoroughfare. The county demolished the 500 block of East Main for a surface parking lot in 2008, and eight buildings were lost during this demolition, including the historic commercial properties of 526 East Main, 523 East Peabody Street, and 111 South Dillard Street.
Constructed in 1923 of masonry and steel, the Carpenter Motor Company building is nestled into the southwest corner of South Elizabeth, East Main, and Walker Streets. The ground floor contains floor-to-ceiling windows, and the upper stories have large, original, 24-light, factory-style, single-pane windows. The building stands alone