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Building 256

Winston-Salem NC United States

Status:destroyed
Construction Dates
  Finished1882
  Destroyed1998
Floor Count9
Building Uses
 - unknown
 - office
 - residential
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - italianate
Materials
 - brick


Description
Richard Reynolds modern headquarters office and factory. This is where the famous Camel Cigarettes and Prince Albert in a can were manufactured. The building was considered the most modern tobacco factory in the south, with steam power, electric lights and 900 employees. Within ten years, production quadrupled and the building was too small. Within a few years the company would build 32 new factory buildings on the east side of downtown and become North Carolina's largest employer and largest taxpayer. A title the company held until the 1990's.

Renovated to condos and offices in 1998 by developer David Shannon.

The building was lost to one of the worst fires in the city's history in September 1998. Several historic factories were lost to the fire and residents mourned the loss of one of the most important historic buildings in the state. One of the neighboring buildings, lost to the fire, was replaced with a new office building in 2000 and a new office building was proposed at the site of 256, but never built.

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