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Throwback Thursday – Olivia Raney Library, Raleigh NC 1909

Olivia Raney Public Library, Raleigh NC - Your LuxuryMovers Team


#TBT We are throwing back to 1909, and a postcard of the Olivia Raney Public Library, Raleigh’s first library.  Raleigh businessman Richard Raney gifted the City of Raleigh a library, which was named in honor his wife, who died one year after their marriage. The building, located at the corner of Salisbury and Hillsborough Street, was designed by Nicholas Ittner of Atlanta, and was three stories of cream colored brick, topped with a terra cotta roof, and featured Corinthian Doric columns. The library opened on January 24, 1901. After decades of use, the library outgrew the building, and it fell into disrepair.  The iconic building was razed in 1966. A new Olivia Raney Library, now part of the Wake County Library System, reopened in 1996 off of Poole Road, dedicated to local history and genealogy. Happy Thursday!

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