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Raleigh's Building

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1988–1989, David M. Schwarz. Connecticut Ave. and DeSales St. NW

As if mirroring the footprint of the Mayflower Hotel on the south side of DeSales Street, the large new Raleigh's Building exploits its corner location with an appealing three-part curved entrance to the clothing store. A few yards north along Connecticut Avenue, a stone pediment and extended canopy announce the entrance to the office floors. The design of the building is a hybrid between the traditional classical style with base, shaft, and entablature and the common modern glass box that makes up so much of Downtown West. The base is sheathed in stone and accented with pilasters. The shaft is divided into vertical strips of stone sheathing and broad strips of dark glass wall. In the center of each glass strip are simplified two-story pilasters supporting a balustrade. The entablature is made up of a cornice, two stories of office space, and a balustrade cap.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


What's Nearby


Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Raleigh's Building", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 225-225.

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