RALEIGH — Like someone unwrapping a gift, workers on Tuesday dismantled the scaffolding that has shrouded two downtown buildings since last fall, revealing restored façades that date to the early 20th century.
The building at 200 S. Salisbury St. and its smaller adjoining neighbor at 105 W. Hargett had been covered in a stucco skin that was applied in the early 1970s when the old buildings had fallen out of fashion. The larger buildings restored roofline cornice and tall windows capped in stone are visible now for the first time in more than 40 years.
The scaffolding remains around the ground floor, where theres more work to be done.
The buildings owner, James A. Goodnight, hopes to lease the buildings ground floor to a restaurant, with office tenants upstairs. Like many people in Raleigh, Goodnight had no idea what was under the buildings stucco façade until someone suggest he take a look.