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Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GA, Atlanta, GeorgiaPhotos from Georgia State University Photograph CollectionsLane Brothers Photographs Collection
Street-level shot of the building, or at least the portion to the right of the entrance. 
Close-up of those eagles:

Just noticed I posted this same picture a couple of years ago. But that must’ve been 1000 posts ago so whatever :) -Wendy

Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GA, Atlanta, Georgia
Photos from Georgia State University Photograph Collections
Lane Brothers Photographs Collection

Street-level shot of the building, or at least the portion to the right of the entrance. 

Close-up of those eagles:

Just noticed I posted this same picture a couple of years ago. But that must’ve been 1000 posts ago so whatever :) -Wendy

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Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GA, Atlanta, Georgia
Photos from Georgia State University Photograph Collections
Lane Brothers Photographs Collection

I’ve posted lots of photos of this in the past, mostly ones I’ve taken, but these are some nice historical photos. As you can see especially clearly in the last photo, the building was built six stories high, after construction (which commenced in 1929) was halted by the Depression. Additional stories were added a few years later, in keeping with the original design but without the flamboyant carvings that probably would have been there otherwise. The building was supposed to be even taller than this originally but they settled on what they could manage.

For more pictures of this building, see “Southern Bell” in this blog’s archives

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Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GAby thirtyframes
Another Downtown Atlanta building I’ve shared before, the old Southern Bell building, now known as 51 Peachtree Center Ave. More pictures of the building here. I wait at the bus stop next to this one every day. 

Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GA
by thirtyframes

Another Downtown Atlanta building I’ve shared before, the old Southern Bell building, now known as 51 Peachtree Center Ave. More pictures of the building here. I wait at the bus stop next to this one every day. 

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Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GAby Wendy Darling
Finally, here’s a wide shot. I hate that tower thing :( It was added in the 60s.
And hey, look, here’s a pic of the building when it was half built-out and not yet a cube.

Only 6 stories were built due to the Depression, then it was built out in twice in the 40s and then again the 50s.
Previously posted pics of this building here.

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

Finally, here’s a wide shot. I hate that tower thing :( It was added in the 60s.

And hey, look, here’s a pic of the building when it was half built-out and not yet a cube.

Only 6 stories were built due to the Depression, then it was built out in twice in the 40s and then again the 50s.

Previously posted pics of this building here.

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Exterior Detail, Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GAby Wendy Darling
The female figure.
Again, I shot this from across the street with a digital zoom, thus the not great quality.
From Waymarking:

The Frieze surrounding the front door is intricately carved with representations of animals and people, and simple geometric patterns. There are also a King and Queen flanking the main entrance.
Harris, Julian Hoke, 1906-1987, sculptor

Previously posted pics of this building here.

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

The female figure.

Again, I shot this from across the street with a digital zoom, thus the not great quality.

From Waymarking:

The Frieze surrounding the front door is intricately carved with representations of animals and people, and simple geometric patterns. There are also a King and Queen flanking the main entrance.

Harris, Julian Hoke, 1906-1987, sculptor

Previously posted pics of this building here.

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Exterior Detail, Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GAby Wendy Darling
The male figure.
Considering I shot this from across the street on my little Elph camera, I am pleased this came out at all. Somebody with a real camera, please shoot this? :)
From Waymarking:

The Frieze surrounding the front door is intricately carved with representations of animals and people, and simple geometric patterns. There are also a King and Queen flanking the main entrance.
Harris, Julian Hoke, 1906-1987, sculptor

Previously posted pics of this building here.

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

The male figure.

Considering I shot this from across the street on my little Elph camera, I am pleased this came out at all. Somebody with a real camera, please shoot this? :)

From Waymarking:

The Frieze surrounding the front door is intricately carved with representations of animals and people, and simple geometric patterns. There are also a King and Queen flanking the main entrance.

Harris, Julian Hoke, 1906-1987, sculptor

Previously posted pics of this building here.

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Here’s a pic I took this morning which happens to also show the Southern Bell building, as I catch my bus to work right next to it every morning.
Wendy
wdarling:

My bus is late (or I am?) but I’m enjoying watching this heavy equipment at work - more utilities relocation for the Atlanta Streetcar. I now know the procedure for removing metal plates. And now they’re jack hammering. Yay, here’s the bus. (Taken with Instagram at Youth Art Connection Gallery)

Here’s a pic I took this morning which happens to also show the Southern Bell building, as I catch my bus to work right next to it every morning.

Wendy

wdarling:

My bus is late (or I am?) but I’m enjoying watching this heavy equipment at work - more utilities relocation for the Atlanta Streetcar. I now know the procedure for removing metal plates. And now they’re jack hammering. Yay, here’s the bus. (Taken with Instagram at Youth Art Connection Gallery)

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Exterior Detail, Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GAby Wendy Darling
Finally some close-ups / zooms. This is the male figure top left of the entrance. 
From Waymarking:

The Frieze surrounding the front door is intricately carved with representations of animals and people, and simple geometric patterns. There are also a King and Queen flanking the main entrance.
Harris, Julian Hoke, 1906-1987, sculptor

Note: I don’t think those are “king” and “queen” figures. Later on you’ll see more clearly that they are glorified telecomm workers.
Previously posted pics of this building here.

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

Finally some close-ups / zooms. This is the male figure top left of the entrance. 

From Waymarking:

The Frieze surrounding the front door is intricately carved with representations of animals and people, and simple geometric patterns. There are also a King and Queen flanking the main entrance.

Harris, Julian Hoke, 1906-1987, sculptor

Note: I don’t think those are “king” and “queen” figures. Later on you’ll see more clearly that they are glorified telecomm workers.

Previously posted pics of this building here.

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Front Entrance, Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GAby Wendy Darling
Not happy with the angle I was getting from the sidewalk, I snapped this shot from across the street. 
From Waymarking:

The Frieze surrounding the front door is intricately carved with representations of animals and people, and simple geometric patterns. There are also a King and Queen flanking the main entrance.
Harris, Julian Hoke, 1906-1987, sculptor

Previously posted pics of this building here.

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

Not happy with the angle I was getting from the sidewalk, I snapped this shot from across the street. 

From Waymarking:

The Frieze surrounding the front door is intricately carved with representations of animals and people, and simple geometric patterns. There are also a King and Queen flanking the main entrance.

Harris, Julian Hoke, 1906-1987, sculptor

Previously posted pics of this building here.

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Front Entrance, Southern Bell Telephone Company Building, Atlanta, GAby Wendy Darling
Now a look up from the sidewalk to the impressive frieze over the entrance. 
From Waymarking:

The Frieze surrounding the front door is intricately carved with representations of animals and people, and simple geometric patterns. There are also a King and Queen flanking the main entrance.
Harris, Julian Hoke, 1906-1987, sculptor

Previously posted pics of this building here.

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

Now a look up from the sidewalk to the impressive frieze over the entrance. 

From Waymarking:

The Frieze surrounding the front door is intricately carved with representations of animals and people, and simple geometric patterns. There are also a King and Queen flanking the main entrance.

Harris, Julian Hoke, 1906-1987, sculptor

Previously posted pics of this building here.

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