220 Fayetteville Street Mall
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
At its premiere in 1874, the Briggs Hardware Building was the tallest building in eastern North Carolinaand was deemed the state's first skyscraper. The building became the home of Briggs Hardware which was founded in 1865 by Thomas H. Briggs and James Dodd, two early Raleigh entrepreneurs. (For more information regarding early Capital City entrepreneurs, see Businesses That Built Raleigh.) Briggs Hardware decided to relocate in 1994 and the building was acquired by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation; Preservation North Carolina rehabilitated the building. By 1998, the renovation was complete. Currently, the Raleigh City Museum occupies the first two floors of the four story building.
For more great information about the history of the Raleigh City Museum and the Briggs Hardware Building, click here.
For a current listing of Raleigh City Museum's exhibits, click here.
Reference: A Brief History of the Raleigh City Museum, March 2003, Raleigh City Museum, March 20, 2003, <www.raleighcitymuseum.org>
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Bunting, Jan; Davenport, Brian;
Stanford, Tara, Raleigh City Museum, March 2003, North Carolina
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