Boylan Apartments, Raleigh, NC
The historic Boylan Apartments complex in Raleigh, North Carolina was constructed in 1935 with federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The three buildings form a ‘U’ shape, surrounding a semi-enclosed courtyard, facing Snow Ave. between Hillsborough St. and W Morgan St. The development was “Raleigh’s earliest garden-style apartment complex.”
Per the NRHP registration form, “the project, led by local businessman Rufus Boylan, was one of the first in the nation to participate in a Public Works Administration program that loaned federal money to private developers.” Other project details of note: “The PWA mandated that the large oak trees on the parcel not be taken down during construction and that two-thirds of the site remain open space.”
The PWA supplied a $198,600 loan for the project, whose total cost was $233,251. Construction began in March 1935 and the project’s 54 units were rented by the end of the year.
PWA Docket No. N.C. 29
Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 107.
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form:
https://files.nc.gov/ncdcr/nr/WA2889.pdf (accessed May 17, 2022)
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on May 17, 2022.
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