Compass icon. This link bypasses navigation taking you directly to the contents of this page.

How to Use
the Map


Inquiry Question

Historical Context




Table of

Locating the Site

Map 1: Sanborn Insurance Map of Downtown Raleigh, July 1903.[Map 1] with link to larger version of map.
(Copyright 1903 Sanborn Map Company, The Sanborn Library, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Further reproductions prohibited without written permission from The Sanborn Library, LLC.)

Map 1: Map of Downtown Raleigh, May 2005.[Map 1] with link to larger version of map.

Map 1 and Map 2 portray the same area of downtown Raleigh, about 100 years apart. The Pope House is highlighted in yellow on both maps. Map 1 shows the area as it existed in 1903, two years after the Pope House was built. Map 2 shows this same area today, where the Pope House is one of the only houses remaining in a sea of tall buildings and parking lots.

Questions for Maps 1 & 2

1. What does Map 1 tell you about downtown Raleigh at the time the Pope family resided there? Compare and contrast Map 1 and Map 2. What are some of the biggest changes to the area between 1903 and 2005?

2. On Map 1, some of the buildings are marked with the word "Colored." Why might the mapmakers have done this? What does it say about society at this time?

3. Based on the changes noted between 1903 and 2005, do you think it is important to preserve the Pope House and its contents? Why or why not?

* The maps on this screen have a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Map 1 and Map 2, but be aware that each file may take as much as 60 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



Comments or Questions

National Park Service arrowhead with link to NPS website.