02/23/13 204 W, 3 I - + 6 - 2 Dawson and Lane Streets - What is This Building?

Question from a reader:

I really enjoy your website on hidden Raleigh and was just curious if you knew anything about an abandoned building I constantly drive by. It's an old large brick building in which the bricks are painted white. It's located North Dawson Street near the corner of West Lane. It has a few a/c in the boarded up windows and seems to be very, very old. If you go onto Google street view on Dawson near Lane you can't miss it. Thank you!


Consulting the North Carolina Maps site, and the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, and the 1914 map of Raleigh, it appears that the structure is a factory building on the former site of the state school for the blind.

Below are three images, from Bing Maps aerial view and said Sanborn Maps. Click to enlarge the bottom two images.

Here's a historical post about the campus, called Raleigh's Last Remaining Castle from the excellen Goodnight Raleigh site. But wait, the blogger states the castle-like building at the corner of Dawson and Jones street is the only structure still standing from the school. Guess we'll need to investigate further!

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