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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:50 pm 
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I thought this was interesting. The original news story, announcing construction on the Nissen Building. Did you know: The area where Mellow Mushroom is located was owned by Nissen and planned as an expansion site, if the building did well in leasing. Instead of two wings creating a "U" shape, it could've been three wings, creating an "E" shape! This explains the design on the west facade and why the limestone on the upper floors of the west facade abruptly stops. It ends where the third wing would be constructed. Leasing didn't go too well, until the start of WWII; so the third wing was never built. It is designed to be taller than the Jefferson Standard Building, giving the Nissen Building the tallest in the state title in 1926. The penthouse gave the Nissen Building an increase in height and a two floor increase in floor count, allowing it to keep the tallest title until the Reynolds Building was built. The Charlotte building never held the tallest title. I don't think the penthouse was in the original plans, since some early renderings don't show it. It was likely added shortly before construction began?

A Three-Wing Nissen Building:
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:18 am 
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Gotta love the name of the construction company - Hunkey-Conkey! So interesting- thanks for sharing!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:32 am 
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Great find, F&M. Thanks for posting. :tup: That truly would have been an even more impressive building had the Phase 2 portion been constructed. I only wished that they had truly "crowned" the building by extending the decorative features found on the front & sides of the structure & not had that the back side of the building protrude above the roofline. The view from B-40 at night with the upper floors lit would have looked great.


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Historic downtown skyscraper sells for $30 million. Nissen Building's new owner also owns iconic Reynolds headquarters in Winston-Salem.


https://www.journalnow.com/business/his ... 57d6d.html


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