Photo by Maggie Kirsch
Hillsborough Street continues to undergo changes, from a new streetscape to added bike lanes and now this atrocity. We aren't completely sure what to think about the fact that the modern building that currently houses The Alley has these new classical rails and cornice at the Western end of the building.
There is ongoing construction and it sounds like a restaurant (possibly with the same owner as Melvin's) may replace the Design Gallery Salon and this could be a second floor balcony area. While the hope is that this silly classical rail is temporary, the classical cornice, which is attached and connects two of the modern concrete panels, says otherwise.
Goodnight, Raleigh! has a great history of the building and while we know that Cameron Village is capable of destroying modernism and replacing it with classicism, this is quite outrageous and ridiculous. Surely someone who has any authoriy whatsoever can show the owners that this is hideous, out of place (both architecturally and chronologically) and completely unneccessary. Sure, we'd love a new restaurant or other retail spot to replace the currently empty salon, but show some class, not classicism, in the year 2012, please.