Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GA
by Wendy Darling
Looking up at 51 Peachtree Center Avenue, formerly/formally known as the Southern Bell Telephone Company Building.
From a page I found called “Atlanta Telephone History”:
51 Ivy Street (today known as Peachtree Center Avenue)
This is a beautiful Art Deco Style building similar to those built in New York and Chicago during this period. Over its lifetime, it has contained the most interesting array of equipment in the city.
Construction started in 1929. The building was originally designed to have 21 floors. But it was only built with 6 floors. When the building opened in 1930, several newspaper articles were written about its technologically advanced features and environmental features.
The initial purpose of the building was to house a new Toll Board for Atlanta. Atlanta had become an important toll center for the Southeast and Long Distance traffic was increasing. The building also housed offices of Southern Bell and AT&T.
Previously posted pics of this building here.