Wednesday, January 21, 2015

RHDC Works in Progress Part 2 of 3: H.J. Brown Coffin House/Raleigh Industrial Bank 200. S. Salisbury St.

200 S. Salisbury Street
Continuing the short series of three historical buildings in Raleigh that we recently toured, organized by the Raleigh Historic Development Commission we got a chance to step inside the newest venture by prestigious Raleigh Chef, Ashley Christensen.

Located at 200 South Salisbury Street in Downtown Raleigh,  this building built in 1910 has a very interesting past. Finished in 1920, the building's former life included serving as a funeral home and bank before being purchased by James Goodnight and is currently undergoing renovation. On the tour we learned that this building is "the most haunted building in all of the Triangle"! There were stories of visitors and workers hearing voices and people walking around when no one was there.  Even a rep from the Triangle Paranormal Society was overwhelmed upon entering the space!

The building was a bank for many years after serving as a funeral home and the outside exterior was covered in concrete panels to try to modernize it in 1972. Goodnight has gone to great effort to remove these panels and restore the building back to its original stone exterior. Currently the building is in the process of being turned into the restaurant perfectly named Death & Taxes, a wood-fire oven restaurant on the main floor with a wine bar in the basement in the original old bank vault.  The second and third floors will feature a private event space called the Bridge Club with a small rooftop patio.  Her food prep teams from all the restaurants will be consolidated in the large kitchen space called Aux Kitchen where her food teams for all the AC restaurants can work and train and is not a public space.

Below are some photos of the building's interior as we toured it in early January. There is also a cool mural on the exterior back wall of the building painted by local Raleigh artist, Luke Buchanan.

More details here from Triangle Business Journal article. 
Check out photos @RaleighWhatsUp on Storehouse


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/04/3010475_chef-ashley-christensen-expanding.html?rh=1#storylink=cp
Street level interior for future restaurant


Bridge Club Private Event space




Original old bank vault





Future basement wine bar
Mural by Raleigh Artist Luke Buchanan


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