05/11/09 145 W, 1 I - + 11 - 12 The Bain Project

From a reader, what happens when 12 artists spend nine months interacting with Raleigh's historic E. B. Bain Water Treatment Plant? The result is the Bain Project, which was open to the public last weekend, and opens again this weekend. Learn about the Bain Project. Or read more information from the North Carolina Museum of Art. If you've never been inside the plant, it's definitely worth a visit.

As this National Park Service page notes, the complex was dedicated in 1940. The Art Deco style building is four stories high in places, has a full basement, and soaring stairways inside the two-story lobby. It was constructed beside the 1887 water plant, the city's original pumping facility, and which is still standing. The Bain plant operated until 1987. The structure is presently planned for reuse, with plans ranging from restaurants to office space.

Bain Project Photo

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