a downtown raleigh blog

The case of Fidelity Bank’s mysterious Roman architecture

Fidelity Bank on Oberlin Road

As neighbors tend to do, I bought something pre-owned on Craigslist from someone who only lives a few blocks away. I read the directions to her house on my phone on the way over and parked in front of her cozy rental, across the street from the recently gutted home of an older lady who plans to resell it for around $400,000, which is typical for property in and around downtown Raleigh. And as neighbors also tend to do, we shared tidbits of information with each other for no particular reason other than just because and it was fun. Come to think of it, I don’t think I gave her any useful information… but I did see something on the way back home that would interest her search for a property to buy and rent to the local college kids… so I will go send that email shortly. My neighbor on the other hand, solved the case of Fidelity Bank’s mysterious Roman architecture for me.

Everyday, I turn off Oberlin Road onto Smallwood Drive, past the “great” bank on the corner and wonder, what did they have in mind? And today, the answer: the owners of the property returned from an Italian vacation inspired to double the bank as a venue for events. Yes, party time on a roof top in Cameron Village…. an idea I’d would guess was born over a delicious bottle of Italian red wine while staring out over a balcony at the brave architecture of Rome.

About these ads

6 Responses to “The case of Fidelity Bank’s mysterious Roman architecture”

  1. Jennifer

    I’ve always wondered about that. Thanks! I’ve never seen anyone up there though. Wonder if they get many events?

    Reply
    • Downtown Dame

      There have in fact not been any events held there because there is no designated extra parking. They had planned on buying up space to their right, but word is someone else got to it first. And I suppose there are Cameron Village rules in place to restrict overflow parking. But I am holding out hope that they can buy some parking space one day! The lot to their right is… interesting. I’d like to get the scoop on exactly what is going on there.

      Reply
  2. Kathy Justice

    I always wanted to have a fashion shoot up there.I imagined wearing a really dramatic, billowy, silky dress and posing dramatically against the columns. I thought the top of the bank would be the perfect setting for a fashion spread, especially with a sunset in the background. I thought about that often while I was in college and was just reminded of it the other day when I drove past Cameron Village and saw those gorgeous columns! Great post, Jennifer!

    Reply
  3. Kim Wike

    Kathy, I want to be part of that fashion shoot!! haha. Although they had a good idea, it resulted in a very strange looking building. I’m surprised they would want it to be a “venue” since it’s a bank…security reasons?

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 494 other followers

%d bloggers like this: