Josephus Daniels House

Also known as: Wakestone, Masonic Temple of Raleigh
1520 Caswell St., Raleigh, North Carolina



This was the residence (1920-48) of Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy (1913-1921) under President Wilson. Daniels reformed policies by introducing schooling for illiterate sailors, instituting vocational training, opening the Naval Academy to enlisted men, and reforming the naval prison system. Now the building is a Masonic Temple and not open to the public. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 8, 1976

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1976
Reference number
NR name
Daniels, Josephus, House
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Other architectural type; Georgian Revival
Areas of significance
Military; Politics/Government; Communications
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1920; 1948
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

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