Occidental Life Insurance Building

The Occidental is among the first office buildings erected outside Raleigh's central business district in the vanguard of suburban development. Cameron Village, the first shopping center in the state, was an ambitious mixed-used development that included housing and offices. Occidental is the finest--and the least altered--of the several modernist office buildings in that development. Architect Leif Valand, who moved to Raleigh to design Cameron Village, produced an International Style building distinguished by its fine materials: red Roman brick, pale Alabama limestone, and green-tinted windows in bright aluminum frames. Outdoor terraces take advantage of the hilltop location.

Date: 1956

Images

Occidental Life Insurance Building, 2009 Image by Michael Zirkle Photography, copyright Raleigh Historic Development Commission.
Occidental Life Insurance Building, date unknown Image courtesy of Rani Mustafa and Trademark Properties.
Occidental Life Insurance Building, date unknown Image courtesy of Rani Mustafa and Trademark Properties.
Occidental Life Insurance Building Image courtesy of Capital Area Preservation.
Occidental Life Insurance Building Image courtesy of Raleigh Modern.
Occidental Life Insurance Building Image courtesy of Raleigh Modern.
Occidental Life Insurance Building Image courtesy of Raleigh Modern.

Location

1001 Wade Avenue

Metadata

RHDC, “Occidental Life Insurance Building,” Raleigh Historic, accessed February 5, 2023, https://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/139.