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This stone and brick historic structure holds major significance in Raleigh. Along with being constructed as a municipal water service, it also came to be used as an adaptive reuse. The Colonial Revival tower supported a massive water tank. The Raleigh Water Tank was the city's first water tower.
The St. Paul A.M.E. Church is a historic congregation established in 1884. Built in the Late Gothic Revival style, it has a brick and frame structure. This beautiful church is considered to be the very first African American church in the city and the oldest in county. The church is a part of the National Register of Historic Places and has also been listed as a Raleigh Historic Landmark. The church is open for services and other religious ceremonies.
The Raleigh region of North Carolina is bequeathed with a monumental district in the form of the Fayetteville Street Historic District. It is inclusive of blocks from the south part of West Hargett Street, north side of the West Martin Street, and from South Salisbury Street. The district constitutes of mainly commercial establishments. A distinctive highlight is that 11 of its buildings are actively listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also, the introduction of a skyscraper boom was caused due to the Modernist towers in 1960s.
The North Carolina State Capitol looks much the same today as it did when it was rebuilt in 1840. Originally built between 1792 and 1796, it burned in 1831 and the government set out to build a new, more majestic, capitol. Today it stands proud on Union Square, one of the best-preserved examples of Greek Revival-style architecture in America. The centerpiece of the impressive rotunda is a statue of George Washington dressed in a Roman tunic. The building's history is a colorful one, with stories of ghosts roaming and secret spy rooms.
The Governor's house in North Carolina, the North Carolina Executive Mansion is an impressive structure of bricks that is a fine sample of Baroque architecture used in the time of Queen Anne. It is open to the public who can view the carpeted furnishings, regal chandeliers and brilliant woodwork that are part of the decor. Also used as a space for private meetings and events, the building is a landmark destination in the city.
North Carolina State Legislative Building is a government building established in 1963. Currently, it houses the North Carolina General Assembly.
Colonel Joel Lane played a key role in North Carolina's transition from county to state and Raleigh's capital city status. Later known as "The Father of Raleigh," he constructed this establishment in the 1760s in a primarily rural location, making it a recipient of admiration. Owned and restored by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the manor houses a unique collection of artifacts, paintings and furniture that archetypes 18th-century living. The historic site has accolades aplenty to its credit, and guided tours to the museum attract throngs of locals, tourists, historians and educational organizations. The manicured lawns and verdant gardens make for a serene backdrop.
In Downtown Raleigh, the Moore Square is the place to go to if you want a taste of the local culture. Named after the former State Attorney General Alfred E. Moore, this square started as a gathering place, then, through its course in history, it gradually grew in importance in the community. It became the place in the city, where all the major, and even the seemingly minor, cultural events were held. From Farmer's Markets to the bigger events like the World Beer Festival and Artsplosure, the Moore Square retains its place as a focal point for culture in Raleigh.
The Historic Haywood Hall was built in 1799 as a residence for John Haywood, the state's treasurer. Having been inherited through generations, today the structure houses a museum and is open for public tours. The museum showcases the family history and has a doll collection. One can walk around and take a look at the old-world furniture or relax in the garden outside. Cultural events and meetings are held here from time to time. The hall is an impressive specimen of early-American architecture.