Weekend move brings Durham’s Suntrust Tower to Raleigh

April 1st, 2012

In what many Durham residents called an outright heist, SunTrust Bank relocated it’s downtown Durham office tower to the city of Raleigh in one of the largest building moves in history. Citing the need to alleviate rush hour traffic on both Interstate 40 and the Durham Freeway, Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane welcomed the classic 17 story Art Deco high rise to the city center.

A large parking lot adjacent to Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the Raleigh Convention Center will serve as the new location for the building.

Work began shortly before the Hill Building move in Durham
Work began shortly before the Hill Building move in Durham
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Clearing the way for the SunTrust Tower move to Raleigh
Clearing the way for the SunTrust Tower move to Raleigh
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The SunTrust Tower move was not without protest from Durham denizens
The SunTrust Tower move was not without protest from Durham denizens
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The 17 story SunTrust Tower was hoisted on a massive platform for the day long move
The 17 story SunTrust Tower was hoisted on a massive platform for the day long move
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Workers check the platform on which the SunTrust Tower rolls into Raleigh
Workers check the platform on which the SunTrust Tower rolls into Raleigh
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Weekend move of the SunTrust Tower to downtown Raleigh seen from incoming airplane over Interstate 40
Weekend move of the SunTrust Tower to downtown Raleigh seen from incoming airplane over Interstate 40
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The building didn’t feel like sitting in some eventual traffic on I-40, so it took Highway 70 into downtown Raleigh.

Raleigh's Oakwood residents welcome the SunTrust Tower from Durham during the slow move
Raleigh’s Oakwood residents welcome the SunTrust Tower from Durham during the slow move
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Durham's SunTrust Tower seen in the Raleigh Skyline after the move
Durham’s SunTrust Tower seen in the Raleigh Skyline after the move
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SunTrust Tower absent from Downtown Durham
SunTrust Tower absent from Downtown Durham
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CCB/Suntrust Tower/Hill Building relocated in Raleigh
CCB/Suntrust Tower/Hill Building relocated in Raleigh
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Comments

  1. J3vincent2010 says:

    April 1st, 2012 at 8:44 am (#)

    April Fool

  2. Artwms says:

    April 1st, 2012 at 12:10 pm (#)

    nice april fool’s joke.not a bad addition to the skyline.

  3. frank says:

    April 1st, 2012 at 1:23 pm (#)

    i agree – it fits in the Raleigh skyline quite well…

  4. Nick says:

    April 1st, 2012 at 6:42 pm (#)

    Looks like someone has a little too much time on his hands.  🙂

  5. JRD says:

    April 1st, 2012 at 8:52 pm (#)

    Ha.  Nice.  I do like that this picture puts that building into perspective because I know people who think Durham has a bigger dt than Raleigh and has bigger buildings.

  6. Jeff says:

    April 2nd, 2012 at 8:29 am (#)

    LMAO! nice!

  7. Ernest says:

    April 2nd, 2012 at 11:20 am (#)

    April Fool’s Day could not have gotten better than this :LOL: Amazing work, Matt!!! This is truly cool work on your part and it must have taken a long time to prepare this collection. Which makes me appreciate your April Fool’s Day gift even more. This “move” is more believable these days than adding a 40-story tower in the skyline, so you made a good choice 🙂

  8. Silverback says:

    April 3rd, 2012 at 3:36 pm (#)

    lol..man that was a good one…I was just downtown yesterday and you still almost had me…lol

  9. Keith Johnson says:

    April 5th, 2012 at 9:34 pm (#)

    you clould tell it was a joke becouse you see the building on I40 saying how did the building get up under the bridge

  10. Connor says:

    February 5th, 2013 at 8:57 pm (#)

    Ha, nice. XD I wish there was a Suntrust tower DT, modern though.

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