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Discover Downtown Tours

Explore. Connect. Discover.

Hear the stories, see the spaces and learn about Downtown Raleigh in an immersive, engaging way through the Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s Discover Downtown program! Discover Downtown Tours highlight a variety of downtown locations from sneak peeks of new developments to behind-the-scenes experiences.

Meet others interested in Downtown Raleigh’s history, development and unique culture during and after the tours. Tours are followed by a gathering at a nearby venue for refreshments and conversation. Tours are free and open to the public but fill up quickly. Subscribe to the DRA weekly e-newsletter here for Discover Downtown information.

Upcoming Tours

The Saint Raleigh
Thursday, January 24, 4 pm - 5 pm

The tour has sold out. Please sign up on our wait list.

Get an early look at The Saint Raleigh on this open-house style Discover Downtown Tour. Elegant simplicity was the vision behind The Saint Raleigh. Visit, at your own pace, one of the 17 unique four-story modern Brownstone townhomes with open floor plans, oversized windows, European-style kitchens and bathrooms lined with marble. Learn more during the open house from The Glenwood Agency and developer of The Saint Raleigh. A post tour gathering will be held at Clockwork. Clockwork will offer a signature drink at a discount and free appetizers after the tour from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm.


Rainbow Building
Tuesday, February 19, 4 pm - 5 pm
911 N. West Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

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.

Registration for this tour opens Tuesday, February 5



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Silver Sponsors

Clancy & Theys Construction Company

HH Architecture 


MDO Holdings

Paragon Bank
A Division of TowneBank


TradeMark Properties