Detroit-Columbia Central Office Building

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Detroit-Columbia Central Office Building
Michigan Bell Telephone Exchange - Detroit Michigan.jpg
Location 52 Selden Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′57.34″N 83°3′38.28″W / 42.3492611°N 83.0606333°W / 42.3492611; -83.0606333Coordinates: 42°20′57.34″N 83°3′38.28″W / 42.3492611°N 83.0606333°W / 42.3492611; -83.0606333
Built 1927
Architect Smith, Hinchman, & Grylls
Architectural style Modern Movement, Art Deco
Governing body Private
Part of Willis-Selden Historic District (#97001478)
MPS Cass Farm MPS
NRHP Reference # 97001098[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 22, 1997
Designated CP December 01, 1997

The Detroit-Columbia Central Office Building is a building located at 52 Selden Street in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It is also known as the Michigan Bell Telephone Exchange. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1]


The Detroit-Columbia Central Office Building was commissioned by the Michigan Bell Telephone Company in 1927 at a cost of $1.2 million.[2] The "dial system" office building, built to relieve the function of earlier "manual" exchanges, originally served around 7000 telephone customers in the central Woodward Avenue district of the city.[2] The building is still owned by AT&T, a successor company of Michigan Bell.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Detroit-Columbia Central Office Building from the city of Detroit