Tuesday, November 23, 2010

80. Cincinnati Bell Telephone Company Building

Cincinnati Bell was founded in 1873 as the Cincinnati and Suburban Telegraph Company providing telegraph services to homes and businesses. In 1878, Cincinnati Bell brought the first phone service to the city. When this building opened in 1931, it had the World’s longest straight switchboard with 88 operator positions.

This Art Deco building was designed by Henry Hake and has many relief sculptures representing the communications industry. The most noticeable is the relief sculptures of telephones that are carved into the limestone frieze. Along with this there are several other reliefs such as an ancient runner, Alexander Bell’s first telephone call, and flag signaling from a ship.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cincinnati Bell Telephone Company Building
209 West Seventh Street, Cincinnati

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