New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, Boston, Massachusetts
by Wendy Darling
This massive building opened in 1947 as the headquarters for New England Telephone, and though the building went to Horizon and after that was sold, it still dominates Boston’s Post Office Square. Good news for 185 Franklin Street, however — the Boston Globe reported last year that the building is being redeveloped to the tune of $35 Million. Read the article here: “An Art Deco Makeover.” So while the big gold bell over the front entrance may be vestigial, hopefully it will soon be shining even more brightly than ever!
Check it out on Google Street View.
From the Boston Art Deco Society:
This Massive Moderne building is dominated by vertical piers in the 21-bay principal limestone facade. Note the first floor windows with metal architraves featuring stylized flower motifs, and the entrance flanked by stylized eagles with polished black granite surround.
Meanwhile, I found a bunch of news articles and discussions from 2009 talking about how Verizon remove the fantastic 1940s mural in the lobby. From the Boston Herald:
“Preservationists are outraged that a 1940s-era mural has been removed from an art deco office building in the city’s Financial District.
Verizon has taken down “Telephone Men and Women at Work,” which is made up of four 12-by-160-foot panels, from the lobby of 185 Franklin St. The canvas paintings by Dean Cornwell depict the history of the telephone, starting with Alexander Graham Bell and featuring life-size telephone workers.
Excuse me, but WTF happened to the mural?
And of course there are a whole bunch more building pics coming up. The rest of them will have less text :)