Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

G. Milton Small Jr., architect
Variant Name(s):

Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic; Unigard Insurance Company


1962; 1970

Raleigh, Wake County
Street Address:

3515 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC





Images Published In:

Elizabeth C. Waugh, North Carolina’s Capital, Raleigh (1967).


The building received an NCAIA Award of Merit in 1964 and was featured in the New York Times of April 25, 1965 as a notable example of “taste and good design.” In 1970 Small planned an addition in similar style for Unigard, a successor owner, which created additional usable space in the basement and nearly doubled the size of the original building with an addition to the rear (west). As of July 2014, it is endangered by the owner’s plans to demolish it and build a new and larger structure on the site; North Carolina Modernist Houses is conducting a campaign to preserve it. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of Miesian modernism architecture in North Carolina. Very similar to it was the Midwestern headquarters for the Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company (1965) in Chicago, which has been lost.