Structure in General
beaux-arts / historism
- 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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100-102 West Trade Street
102 West Trade Street
Also recorded for this building:
demolition company, elevator supplier, general contractor
Features & Amenities
- City landmark
- National landmark