The Coronavirus Diaries, part Thirteen: Noodling though Raleigh; May 8, 2020

It was another beautiful spring day during a coronavirus pandemic.   I had to stay close to home so that I could  bike ride in just a few hours and still drive home.  I had to do the entire ride without stopping to buy food or water and not talking to anyone.  (Keep social distance!)

Just a couple of blocks behind the Whole Foods on Wade Avenue on the northwest side of Raleigh I parked our car on a residential street.  It had been a half hour drive from our Chapel Hill home.   I pulled out the Bike Friday.


I will keep this report simple.  I just want to show pictures of buildings.  I have said on previous posts that Raleigh has an impressive system of paved greenways that follow stream beds, where one can walk or bicycle without traffic and without even climbing hills.   On more recent rides during this pandemic on Raleigh greenways I have felt uncomfortably close to too many people.   Social distancing was difficult.  On this day I decided to ride through residential streets where there were fewer people.   There were lots of steep hills.

I have also spoken before about inside-the-beltine-Raleigh’s trend of teardownerism.  It was fun looking for a newer gaudy house next to a much smaller house, which likely looks much like the house that used to be next door before it was torn down.


I cycled downtown.   The North Carolina State Legislative Building makes me proud to be a North Carolinian, even if the current occupants are majority Republicans.   It is one block from the 1833 classical State Capitol building which had become overcrowded.   Completed in 1963 and designed by architect Edward Durell Stone in cooperation with the local firm Holloway-Reeves, this building speaks optimism.   I daresay Virginia or South Carolina never would have built this building.   North Carolina in 1963 was excited about its future and not held back by the past.   I think the building has aged really well.

I biked back to the car in northwest Raleigh.   I was home in Chapel Hill for lunch.

3 responses to “The Coronavirus Diaries, part Thirteen: Noodling though Raleigh; May 8, 2020”

  1. Randy S Greenberg Avatar
    Randy S Greenberg

    The weather looks gorgeous, but where’s the pictures of legendary Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State campus? I wonder when that place was integrated?

    Honestly, I’m not that impressed with your State Capital. Everything’s bigger in Texas!! 😉

  2. Square marble colonnades surround long multi-storied narrow windows appear to be one of Edward Durell Stone’s signature designs. The [New York] State University at Albany has an entire set of classroom buildings of a similar design. Raleigh’s climate is more suitable to this architectural design element than Albany’s.

    I like peaks on the upper story, widow’s walk? I think arches would have provided a more pleasing and continuous flow for end capping the vertical columns (not attached to the peaks) when viewed away from the building.

  3. Those photos of new houses juxtaposed with older are painful. Distressing. The N.C. Legislative Bldg. is quirky!

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