(former) Branch Banking and Trust Building

When Wilson-based BB&T moved to Raleigh, it needed an architectural statement to underscore its ambition. Emery Roth & Sons, New York architects famous for the Pan Am Building in New York City, delivered a Manhattan-caliber skyscraper perfectly scaled to Raleigh's skyline. The International Style building owes a debt to Mies van der Rohe's influential 1958 Seagram Building in New York, incorporating into the facade vertical mullions shaped like I-beams, a nod to the structural frame. Polished black granite and glass curtain walls at the first and second floors contribute a luxe feel. The lobby and banking floor, designed by G. Milton Small, were removed in 1998.

Date: 1963-1965

Images

Branch Banking and Trust Building, 2010 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
Branch Banking and Trust Building, 2010 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
Branch Banking and Trust Building, 1966 Image courtesy of the Carolina Power and Light Photograph Collection, North Carolina State Archives.

Location

333 Fayetteville Street

Metadata

RHDC, “(former) Branch Banking and Trust Building,” Raleigh Historic, accessed February 5, 2023, https://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/137.