Filed Under African American

Delany Building

The Delany Building is one of only two remaining commercial structures built on Raleigh's "Black Main Street" before World War II. Builder Dr. Lemuel T. Delany, the first black surgeon practicing at Saint Agnes Hospital and son of the first African American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, built the two-story commercial building in 1926. During the next forty years, he leased it to numerous African American political, educational, and cultural organizations. Dr. David Lane, a dentist, purchased the property in 1970 and the first floor was converted into restaurant a few years later.

Date: 1926


Delany Building, 2010
Delany Building, 2010 Image courtesy of B. Fullington, Capital City Camera Club.
Delany Building, 1980s
Delany Building, 1980s Image by Michael Zirkle Photography, copyright Raleigh Historic Development Commission.


133 East Hargett Street


RHDC, “Delany Building,” Raleigh Historic, accessed July 18, 2024,