3200 Hillsborough Street – Wilmont Apartments
The 1926 Wilmont Apartments are located in the West Raleigh Historic District in . The apartments were built by Claude Cole Pierce, a contractor from Norfolk, Virginia who erected an identical building (Dolly Madison Apartments) in Greensboro, North Carolina the following year. Pierce contracted with Real Estate entrepreneur Daniel Allen, head of the firm Allen Brothers. The firm held large amounts of land in West Raleigh and Daniel’s brother, William Allen, helped to plat the Wilmont Subdivision for which the building is named.
The apartments were home to middle class workers, government employees, and teachers at the North Carolina State College and Meredith College. They are significant as the first apartment building to be erected west of the NCSU campus and for their association with Daniel Allen. The Wilmont Apartments remained under the ownership of the Allen family until Daniel Allen’s death in 1929. The building remained occupied through the turn of the twenty-first century, but had fallen into significant disrepair by 2008.
The four-story building houses twenty-four units in three different plans. The building was full renovated in 2009-2010 and now includes fully remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, updated electrical systems, and new HVAC systems. The rehabilitation also included the repair of exterior balconies and canopies as well as the re-finishing of existing doors, woodwork, and hardwood floors. The project received both state and federal Restoration Tax Credits and was designated Raleigh Historic Landmark in the fall of 2010.