The whopping 6,000 sqft NC Executive Mansion sits on an 18-acre lot — located at 200 N Blount St. (~3 blocks down from the NC Museum of Science) — it’s hard to miss.
Front view of the NC Executive Mansion | Photo by Warren LeMay via Flickr
The mansion was designed by renowned architects Samuel Sloan and Adolphus Gustavus Bauer during the Victorian era (1837-1901), back when Queen Anne-style homes were wildly popular. It’s purpose: to serve as the official residence of the Governor of NC + their family. However, there had been multiple official governors’ residences in Raleigh before the mansion was built — none proved adequate enough. Therefore, the state finally commissioned the construction of the NC Executive Mansion. Governor Daniel G. Fowle and his family were the first to move into the mansion in January 1891.
Since then, 29 state executives have lived in it — including Bev Perdue, Pat McCrory, and current Gov. Roy Cooper. It’s said that President Franklin D. Roosevelt once described the mansion as having “the most beautiful governor’s residence interior in America.”
Screenshot of the Executive Mansion’s Foyer via NC DNCR
While tours are currently unavailable due to COVID-19, the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) provides free 360° virtual tours of the mansion online.
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ComingSoon ○ Texas-based Torchy’s Tacos finally has an opening date for the Midtown East location — Weds., May, 5. This will be the restaurant’s first location in NC, where it will serve its made-from-scratch tacos, chips + queso, and local craft beer. 🌮 (Triangle Business Journal) ○ A new distillery and restaurant — Young Hearts — will be opening in the former Trophy Tap & Table building (225 S. Wilmington St.) in downtown Raleigh. The space is aiming to open in late summer + will include a rooftop patio. 🍻 (WRAL) ○ James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen’s new restaurant concept — BB’s Crispy Chicken — is opening in Midtown East in June. Coming soon after are locations in Durham + Cary, which will be Ashley’s first ventures outside of Raleigh. 🍽️ (Raleigh Magazine)
Civic ○ The City of Raleigh has up to $7 million in housing bond funds, in addition to federal funding, available for projects increasing the supply of affordable rental housing for low to moderate income residents. Applications for funding are due June 30. 🏡 ○ The City of Raleigh is piloting a text alert notification system to keep residents in the loop about special events, safety advisories + road closures around the downtown area. Sign up here. 📲
Development ○ Lee & Associates — a commercial real estate brokerage with a current office in Raleigh — has plans for a new regional headquarters in Cary at 413 Kildaire Farm Rd. The plans include 21,000 sqft of space, including 2 stories of offices over ground-floor retail. 🏢 (Triangle Business Journal) ○ Alexandria Real Estate Equities has purchased 98.2 acres of property at Parmer RTP for $42 million. This acquisition has increased their land share of the research park to over 350 acres featuring 3.9 million sqft of rentable lab + research space. 🔬 (Triangle Business Journal)
Cause ○Tim Sweeney — founder + CEO of Epic Games —donated 7,500 acres of the Roan Highlands in Western NC to a non-profit for forest preservation. The land is estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars and will be transferred over to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy by next year. 💸 (TechWire)
Tech ○ Raleigh-based startup Element451 recently closed a Series A funding round of $3 million, including Cary investor Cofounders Capital. The company has a software platform that boosts student engagement during the college admissions process. 💻 (TechWire)
Edu ○ The 5historically Black universities in the UNC system — including NC Central in Durham — will now be able to enroll a higher number of students from out of state. HBCUs will now be allowed to cap out-of-state students at 25%, compared to the previous 18% cap. 📚 (WUNC)
Job ○ A casting agency is in search of 600 paid extras for a major motion picture filmed in cities across NC, including Raleigh. The working title for the movie is “Evolution” and it will have a cast with Golden Globe + Academy Award-winning actors. 🎥 (WRAL)
Watch ○ A Duke doctor with 20 years of experience as a neurosurgeon has spent 10 years working as a consultant for multiple scripted medical dramas. Now, he’s gotten his first writer’s credit on “The Good Doctor.” Watch the show at 10 p.m. on Mondays on ABC. 🩺 (The News & Observer)
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Raleigh’s newest mural is finished + it’s the perfect way to round out #RaleighHistoryMonth. It was done by local artist Joseph Giampino (you probably recognize his work from all over town — Transfer Co. Food Hall, Trophy Brewing, the list goes on).
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ForKids ○ Kids Painting in the Park | Mon., Apr. 26 | 4 p.m. | Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Ave. | $30 | Wine & Design is celebrating the park’s 100th anniversary with a kids painting class.
Learn ○ Electronic Coupons | Mon., Apr. 26 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m. | Anne Gordon Center, 1901 Spring Forest Rd. | $6 | Save money + time by learning how to use electronic coupons.
Health ○ HIV/STI Testing | Mon., Apr. 26 | 5–7:45 p.m. | LGBT Center of Raleigh, 19 West Hargett St. | Free | Receive free, confidential HIV + STI testing by the Alliance of AIDS Services. ○ Meditation Monday | Mon., Apr. 26 | 12–1 p.m. | Kiwanis Community Center, 2525 Noble Rd. | Free | Start the week off right with a grounding meditation session.
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