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Built in 1874, the Briggs Building in Raleigh was the tallest in Eastern Carolina. Briggs Hardware occupied it from 1874 to 1995. When the store moved, the building stood empty for two years and was damaged by Hurricane Fran. A grant spearheaded by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation restored the building during 1997 and 1998. Currently the Raleigh City Museum occupies the basement and first floor, and three nonprofit groups occupy the other three floors.
Briggs Hardware has provided Raleigh with goods and building supplies since 1865. The history of the store and how it has changed over six generations over Briggs’ is detailed. The store is serving the citizens of Raleigh differently than in the past, but people are still coming to Briggs to meet a variety of needs.