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Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GAby Wendy Darling
The other day I managed to get a good series of shots of one of my favorite Atlanta buildings, 51 Peachtree Center Avenue, formerly/formally known as the Southern Bell Telephone Company Building.  I wait at a bus stop next to this building every morning that I go to work. This is the first pic (from the rear), over a dozen more to come.
A brief history, by me:
Designed by the same folks who later did the Fabulous Fox Theater about a mile north, the first six stories were built in 1929. It was supposed to be 25 stories* but then the Depression hit and construction was halted. It started up again in the 40s and resumed in the 60s… and then later a horrible microwave tower (shown in the last of these shots) was added. So basically you have this nicely shaped 16-story* building with lots of fab details on the bottoms floors and then a rather plain look further up. The whole thing is clad in sandstone. It’s still in use today — by AT&T.
* I find contradictory counts on the number of stories (proposed and current). It might be 24 stories proposed, 14 current. I really don’t know.
More info on Wikipedia.
Previously posted pics of this building here.

Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GA
by Wendy Darling

The other day I managed to get a good series of shots of one of my favorite Atlanta buildings, 51 Peachtree Center Avenue, formerly/formally known as the Southern Bell Telephone Company Building.  I wait at a bus stop next to this building every morning that I go to work. This is the first pic (from the rear), over a dozen more to come.

A brief history, by me:

Designed by the same folks who later did the Fabulous Fox Theater about a mile north, the first six stories were built in 1929. It was supposed to be 25 stories* but then the Depression hit and construction was halted. It started up again in the 40s and resumed in the 60s… and then later a horrible microwave tower (shown in the last of these shots) was added. So basically you have this nicely shaped 16-story* building with lots of fab details on the bottoms floors and then a rather plain look further up. The whole thing is clad in sandstone. It’s still in use today — by AT&T.

* I find contradictory counts on the number of stories (proposed and current). It might be 24 stories proposed, 14 current. I really don’t know.

More info on Wikipedia.

Previously posted pics of this building here.

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