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Independence Building

Identification

Independence Building
Realty Building
102777

Map

Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
steel
brick
applied masonry
beaux-arts / historism

Usage

commercial office

Facts

  • The Independence Building was the first steel-framed skyscraper to be built in the two Carolinas.
  • Despite having been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, it was imploded on September 27, 1981 to make way for One Independence Center.
  • Originally twelve stories high, the top two stories and stair tower were added in 1928 by William Lee Stoddart.
  • Fire Insurance maps indicate a main roof height (excluding penthouse construction) of 186' (57 m).
  • It surpassed the Masonic Temple Building in Raleigh as the tallest commercial building in North Carolina.
  • It remained so until construction of the Jackson Building in Asheville in 1915.
  • It was designed in a Neo-Renaissance style in the Beaux Arts tradition, but also showing influence of the style of Louis Sullivan.

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Location

102 West Trade Street
28202
U.S.A.

Technical Data

212.62 ft
186.00 ft
14
1908
1909
1976
1981

Involved Companies

Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

demolition company, elevator supplier, general contractor

Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
  • National landmark