Southern Bell Telephone Company Building

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Southern Bell Telephone Company Building
Southern Bell Telephone Company Building is located in Atlanta
Southern Bell Telephone Company Building
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Coordinates 33°45′20″N 84°23′8″W / 33.75556°N 84.38556°W / 33.75556; -84.38556Coordinates: 33°45′20″N 84°23′8″W / 33.75556°N 84.38556°W / 33.75556; -84.38556
Built 1929
Architect Marye, Alger & Vinour
Architectural style Art deco
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78000985
Added to NRHP December 01, 1978[1]

The Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, now known as the AT&T Communications Building, is the main telephone exchange for downtown Atlanta. It is located at 51 Peachtree Center Avenue, on the northeast corner of Auburn Avenue.

It was designed for Southern Bell by Marye, Alger and Vinour, in an austere art deco style. Originally planned to be 25 stories in height, which would have made it the tallest building in Atlanta, it was completed in 1929 at six stories. Additions in 1947, 1948 and 1963 brought it to its present 14 stories.[2]

The building is crowned by an incongruous microwave communications tower.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Sams, Gerald W. (ed): "AIA Guide to the Architecture of Atlanta", page 41. University of Georgia Press, 1993.

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Detail over door