Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance

Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance recognizes outstanding new contributions to the character, environment and appearance of the City of Raleigh.  Since 1983, the Raleigh City Council has presented more than 200 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards to developers, designers, building owners, community groups, civic clubs, churches and citizens.

1Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Historic Preservation / Rehabilitation

Project: Glenwood Avenue Streetcar/Bus Stop

Designer: Transit Section/Public Works Department

Location: Glenwood Avenue at Harvey Street

Contractor: Diamond Contracting, Inc.

Owner: City of Raleigh

Funding Partner: Federal Transit Administration

Staff from the City of Raleigh Transit Section worked diligently to see that this minor but historic structure was refurbished to high standards. Part of the Raleigh trolley system of the early 1900’s  the shelter had fallen into disrepair and was at risk of major structural failure if not rehabilitated. Project scope included lead paint abatement, rehabbing the roof structure, replacement of missing stones, and installation of copper gutters to the match the originals (damaged vinyl gutters were removed). In addition, the terra cotta roof tiles were replaced, matching the exact mold and color of the original tile. This project exemplifies the level of stewardship one hopes for in a public entity, and saved a piece of the City’s history for continued use as what is easily the most elegant and commodious transit stop in the City.

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