First Citizens Bank – 1974

The building sits on one of the “points” of Five Points. The exterior is unique for buildings in Raleigh, consisting of a composite exterior and exposed steel supports. Characteristic of mid-1970s design, the building features several angles and less fenestration than the International Style buildings of the late 1960s.

Featuring non-orthogonal angles and an unusual wall surfacing, it signals the transition from right angles and an honesty in construction materials seen in the modern movement.

Unlike the later and more iconic postmodern buildings to arrive in the early 1980s, this building is without ornament and historical references and detail. This has some overlapping features between the two styles.

This building is a fine representation of a transitional style from modern to postmodern architecture.

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