According to Dana at gogoraleigh, a new site plan is under review for 425 N. Boylan Avenue, across from 712 Tucker. A 250-unit mixed-use building will be placed where a pair of early International Style buildings currently are.
Although I have no documentation to support this, I have a strong suspicion these buildings were designed by Milton Small, while working for William Deitrick. Small’s designs typically featured exposed steel beams, windows that reached from the floor to the ceiling, and almost always looked to be floating–the lower level offset from the earth by a few inches. Additionally, this building is across the street from the Yancey Building, a building his firm operated out of before moving to Brooks Avenue.
There are few remaining pre-1950 examples of the International Style in Raleigh, and 419 is a beautiful and humble example.
Located on the same block is 425 N. Boylan Avenue. A bit less attractive than 419, it shares many of the same design styles. It was built a few years later, presumably by the same architect.
This area around Glenwood Avenue was important in the early prevalence of modernist architecture in Raleigh. Milton Small operated an office in the area, and there are still a few hidden modern buildings amid the new fancy mid-rise structures that have popped up in recent years.
There is little doubt that many of the remaining buildings of the 1950s experiments in modernism will rapidly disappear in the coming years.