424-430 S Dawson consists of three buildings all constructed in the late 1940s. Today, these buildings are located in the desirable Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh. Most buildings in this part of the city were functionally oriented around rail and distribution hubs, and these 424-430 are illustrative of that history. 430 S Dawson Street (on the corner of S Dawson Street and W Cabarrus Street) was originally occupied by Pete and Mike’s Grill, serving customers arriving at the SOuthern Railway Station down the block. Neighboring 424 S Dawson and 426 S Dawson were built for refrigeration and air conditioning wholesale and retail operations; a combination that led to buildings with the unique combination of high level finishes—plaster and tin ceilings—in the front, and utilization finished—exposed brick and exposed wood ceiling joists and decking—-in the rear.
Empire took on the historic tax credit rehabilitation of all three buildings in 2020. The result is a jewel box of unique features and finishes in 8,800 square feet that can be combined or separated into up to eight units for retail, restaurant or office. In addition to the plaster walls, tin ceilings, exposed brick and exposed joists mentioned above, the property boasts a mix of concrete and wood floors, a fixed dumbwaiter, new wood storefronts and windows, and a new roof deck.