Southern New England Telephone Company Administration Building

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Southern New England Telephone Company Administration Building
Southern New England Telephone Company Administrative Building in New Haven, October 17, 2008.jpg
Southern New England Telephone Company Administration Building is located in Connecticut
Southern New England Telephone Company Administration Building
Location within Connecticut
Alternative names The Eli
General information
Status Complete
Type Mixed-Use
Architectural style Art Deco
Location 227 Church Street
New Haven Connecticut
Coordinates 41°18′33″N 72°55′25″W / 41.30917°N 72.92361°W / 41.30917; -72.92361Coordinates: 41°18′33″N 72°55′25″W / 41.30917°N 72.92361°W / 41.30917; -72.92361
Construction started 1937
Topped-out 1938
Estimated completion 1938
Height
Antenna spire 230 ft (70 m)
Roof 196 ft (60 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 17
Floor area 45,720 square metres (492,100 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Roy W. Foote, Douglas Orr
Main contractor Dwight Building Company
Southern New England Telephone Company Administrative Building
NRHP Reference # 97001447[2]
Added to NRHP November 24, 1997

The Southern New England Telephone Company Administration Building, also known as The Eli, is a skyscraper at 227 Church Street in downtown New Haven, Connecticut. The former headquarters of the Southern New England Telephone Company (SNET), the Art Deco building was completed in 1938, and was the tallest building in the city until 1966 (it is currently the tenth-tallest building in New Haven's skyline). Some 1,200 SNET employees worked in the office building after its completion.[3] Beginning in 2004, the building was converted to a luxury apartment building and rechristened "The Eli"; it now is home to 142 apartments and two storefronts.[4][5] The building, designed by Douglas Orr and Roy W. Foote, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

It is regarded as New Haven's "premier" example of Art Deco architecture, and displays one of the area's most extensive employment of Stony Creek pink granite. When built in 1937, it was the tallest and largest office building in the city.[3]

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Preceded by
Union and New Haven Trust Building
Tallest Building in New Haven
1938—1966
60 m
Succeeded by
Kline Biology Tower