Branch Bank and Trust

Variant Name(s):
BB&T; Capital Bank
Raleigh, Wake County
Street Address:
Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC
According to G. Milton Small III, the original shell of the skyscraper was designed by Emory Roth Architects in New York City (who Small III believes did construction documents for many of Mies's buildings). G. Milton Small Jr. was a consultant to BB&T and worked with Roth during the shell design and he provided the interior design for all the banking floors. The Wilson-based BB&T banking company wanted to establish its headquarters and its position in Raleigh with a skyscraper akin to those in Manhattan, influenced by Mies van der Rohe's famed Seagram Building of 1958. Although Small's banking floor was redesigned in 1998, the building maintains its character as a defining landmark of Raleigh's main street. A copy of the drawings is held by Special Collections, NCSU Libraries. The postcard view show the building on the right.