Picture of the Week: Rainbow of Colors in Raleigh


Sometimes I bring my camera with me when I go running in case I stumble upon anything interesting. Two weeks ago I switched up my morning run and followed a new route through downtown that took me along Oakwood Avenue. When I came across this row of colorful “shotgun” style houses across the street from the Oak Cemetery I just had to stop and snap a picture.

Based on my research online these homes were all built sometime around 1930 and were most recently renovated around 2009-2010. They were recognized by the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance in 2010 for “outstanding new contributions to the character, environment and appearance of the City of Raleigh. If you are into unique architecture and older styles of homes I encourage you to get out and explore Oakwood and surrounding fringe neighborhoods.


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5 responses to “Picture of the Week: Rainbow of Colors in Raleigh

  1. Joe

    Scott Shackleton, who lives right around the corner on Seawell, bought and renovated all 6 houses on that corner between 2007 and 2009. The interiors were completely gutted except for the original brick fireplaces that run all the way to the top of the vaulted ceilings. He also kept some of the original siding.

  2. I have nicknamed them “Conch Row” after the colorful houses in Key West. That entire area is slowly being rehabbed and rebuilt.

  3. I had no idea such color was hiding in downtown Raleigh. This makes me think of Charleston, or as already mentioned, Key West. Lovely! I’ve gotta go check this out.

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