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Discover Downtown Tour: Rainbow Building

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  • Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 4pm-5pm


Rainbow Building
911 N. West Street

Learn about the rich history of 911 North West Street which once housed the Rainbow Upholstery & Furniture Company, and see the recent renovations of the warehouse building which is now the home to several companies and three storefront businesses (two of those opening in 2019).

In the early 1980s, Delores Powell Glenn, a single mother, bought the building and established Rainbow Upholstery & Furniture Company, a place where female inmates, upon release from Raleigh’s Central Prison, could learn a skilled trade to help facilitate a positive return to society. Glenn also established a ministry for these women in Rainbow Building. The majority owner of the Rainbow Building and the upholstery company is Glenn’s son Chuck Bullock and his wife Carla who worked with Atlas Stark Holdings to maintain a majority position in the building while converting the 22,000 square foot, two story building into a vibrant anchor across from the entrance to the future Devereaux Meadows park.

While the Rainbow Upholstery Company relocated, the Rainbow Building underwent and extensive renovation in early 2018 to divide the second floor into beautiful new offices, with tenants including Moseley Architects, Tiverton Advisors LLC, DeRonja Real Estate, ImageQuix, Inc. and Atlas Stark Holdings. The northern corner of the ground floor is occupied by the “power pilates” studio Flowcorps. The Layered Croissant and The Rainbow Luncheonette by the proprietors of The Cardinal Bar, Dan Murphy and Jason Howard will both open on the ground floor in 2019. 

A post tour gathering will be held at The Cardinal.

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