Day 146

Telephone Building

May 24th, 2012

You can find those words inscribed above quite a few doorways around the city. I believe the buildings thus labeled were constructed back in the golden days of the Bell System as central offices, housing switching equipment, operators, and the like. Many still seem to be functioning as telecommunication centers, but some have been adapted for other uses over the years. As you can probably tell, this particular Telephone Building — whose 1914 expansion you can read about in this contemporaneous account, under the "New Stagg Central Office" subheading — has been converted into apartments, complete with Sukkot balconies.

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