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    Mixed media artist and clothing designer Marie Cordella is just one of the 40 artists whose work can be viewed at ArtSpace, a visual art center that features 23 open studios, three exhibition galleries, lectures, classes and many other stimulating art events.
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    North Carolina State Capitol
    The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.
  • What's This?
    Blount Street was once home to rich industrialists and prominent civic leaders, as evidenced by these beautiful, historic homes. Nearby Blount Street Commons, currently under construction, will soon add even more residences, retail shops and parks.
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    Father and Son Antiques
    Father and Son Antiques is home to a bounty of collectables and oddities, from mid-century designs and vintage threads to '50s kitch, tiki, mod, and much more.
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    Wachovia IMAX Theater
    This architectural sculpture marks the entrance of the Wachovia IMAX Theater at Marbles Kids Museum, which provides a larger-than-life movie experience for kids of all ages.
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    Raleigh Times Bar
    The Raleigh Times Bar is located in the beautifully restored 100-year-old former home of the city's evening newspaper. Featuring creative takes on classic bar fare, and an amazing beer selection.


DRA's Discover Downtown Tours

Upcoming Tours

Poyner YMCA
227 Fayetteville Street, First Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601

Wednesday, May 23
Tour 1 – 3:30 pm - 4:10 pm
Tour 2 – 3:45 pm - 4:25 pm
Tour 3 – 4:00 pm - 4:40 pm
Tour 4 – 4:15 pm - 4:55 pm FULL

Gathering at Trophy Tap + Table starting at 4:10 pm

Get a sneak peek at the new Poyner YMCA in downtown Raleigh before it opens to the public this summer! Tour the 26,000 square foot Wellness Center which will include state-of-the-art fitness equipment, group exercise studios, locker rooms,
saunas, a dedicated cycle studio and a community gathering space.

Additionally, hear from Lynch Mykins, the structural engineer of record, who worked closely with Ratio Architects and the YMCA. Lynch Mykins will speak to the challenges and opportunities in the unique space. An old and heavy escalator was removed to make way for a monumental stair at the entrance. The street-level mezzanine, a new structural feature, was framed into the existing structure and provides a new community meeting room within the YMCA. Two new sets of stairs were designed to connect the three levels and to improve flow of the space. 

Learn about how the Poyner branch, with a focus on adult wellness programming, will work with the Alexander Family YMCA and the Southeast Raleigh YMCA to serve the broader Raleigh community. Through shared staff and volunteer leadership, collaborative programming, and a combined Annual Campaign, these three YMCAs will develop and provide innovative programs and services for youth, teens, adults and families throughout Raleigh.

Tours are offered at four staggered times to provide options and a small-group tour experience. Space is limited. Registration will be open until May 21 or until tours reach capacity.

REGISTER FOR TOUR 1 (3:30 pm - 4:10 pm)

REGISTER FOR TOUR 2 (3:45 pm - 4:25 pm)

REGISTER FOR TOUR 3 (4:00 pm - 4:40 pm)

REGISTER FOR TOUR 4 (4:15 pm - 4:55 pm) FULL

Click here to learn more about The Poyner YMCA . For membership information, please visit the website here.



Previous Tours

National Small Business Week: Raleigh Denim Workshop + Curatory

Wednesday, May 2

DRA members toured the Raleigh Denim Workshop + Curatory to celebrate National Small Business Week, and enjoyed a reception at Parkside afterwards. Founded on the simple idea of making the “ideal pair of jeans,” Raleigh Denim jeans can be found in high-end Fifth Avenue stores including Barney’s and Saks as well as in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District at the Curatory – where the jeans are still made today!






Maximizing Innovation and Connection: The Strategy, Design and Curation of Transfer Co. Food Hall 

February 1, 2018


DRA members toured Transfer Co., a new 42,000 SF food hall and market with almost 20 food vendors opening in downtown Raleigh later this year! With the goal to encourage innovation by bringing together different people, Jason Queen, founder of Monarch Property and Realty Co, has strategically designed the space as an innovative hub using food as the vehicle for knowledge transfer. Jason and Fred Belledin of Clearscapes gave a behind-the-scenes look at the build-out of the warehouse, previously a bus maintenance facility and Ford Saunders dealership auto garage. Along with bringing an 8,000 SF grocery store Saxapahaw General Store to downtown, Transfer Co. will create approximately 115 jobs in the community with 98% of them requiring no high school diploma. 

See photos from the event online here.





Honoring History Through Development: The Past, Present and Future of North West Street

November 20, 2017

About 50 DRA members participated in DRA's first Discover Downtown Tour in November 2017. Attendees heard from Michael Iovino, President of August Construction Solutions, as he spoke about the past, present, and future of North West Street. DRA members toured the state-of-the-art offices of Spectraforce, Equity Resources, Carimus and August Construction Solutions in what were once run-down warehouse buildings and learned about the unique history, creative design and construction challenges of the spaces. After the tour, members connected at The Cardinal Bar with its Raleigh skyline views! Click here to see photos from the tour.