208 Fayetteville is composed of three above-ground floors and a full basement level, totaling ~26,000 rentable square feet with frontages on Fayetteville Street and S. Salisbury Street. The 1935 building is unique among its Fayetteville Street neighbors in having a subdued Art Deco style, unsurprising given its Great Depression origins. The primary facade on Fayetteville Street is composed of ashlar stone veneer on the second and third floors with chevrons etched in spandrels between second and third floor windows. Exploratory demolition has revealed that the original granite storefront surround is intact behind scored concrete added in the 1970s. Efird's Department Store occupied the site starting in 1918 and operated at 208 Fayetteville Street until 1959, when the building was purchased by Hudson Belk Department Store. It was subsequently purchased by the NC State Bar Association in 1978.
The building is a contributing resource in the Fayetteville Street National Register District and Empire plans to undertake a historic tax credit rehabilitation. The Fayetteville Street facade will be repaired and cleaned. The ground floor space will be renovated for a retail tenant. The second and third floors consist of a combination of small, medium and large offices and conference rooms with larger open spaces on the Fayetteville Street and Salisbury Street ends of the building. We intend to reuse the existing floor plan as it lends itself well to having multiple tenants on a single floor with common area amenities.