Boylan Apartments

The Boylan Apartments are Raleigh's earliest example of the garden-style apartment complex, which incorporates open space into the overall layout to improve living conditions for the occupants. Three simple brick-clad buildings with Colonial Revival detailing were arranged to form an interior courtyard and house one- and two-bedroom apartments. The project was produced through a public-private partnership with the Depression-era Public Works Administration. The private developer borrowed money from the federal government to erect the complex, in turn providing jobs for the unemployed and building modern housing for lower-income residents. Upon completion, the complex quickly filled with secretaries, stenographers, clerks, salesmen, and office managers. Private residences.

Date: 1935


Boylan Apartments, 1935
Boylan Apartments, 1935 Image Courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina
Boylan Apartments, 2009
Boylan Apartments, 2009 Image by Michael Zirkle Photography, copyright Raleigh Historic Development Commission.


817 Hillsborough Street


RHDC, “Boylan Apartments,” Raleigh Historic, accessed July 18, 2024,