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Bell Telephone Building
Bell Telephone Building
TitleBell Telephone Building
DescriptionPostcard of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building at 11th and Oak
Historical ArticleThe 28-story Southwestern Bell Telephone Building at 11th and Oak was not always as tall as it is today. The 1920 post card, published locally by Max Bernstein, pictures the building when it was only 14 stories high.

Ground was broken for the original building in 1917. World War I, with a scarcity of manpower and material, caused a halt in construction, and the building was not completed until May, 1920.

The structure was outgrown by the telephone company in less than a decade, and it was necessary to double the size of the building in 1928 by adding 14 more floors.

The 28-story building was ready for use in 1929. Later the equivalent of two more stories was added with the erection of tall microwave radio relay antennas.

The company now is constructing a new 13-story building above ground and six additional levels below ground at 8th and Admiral. This will serve as headquarters for the entire state of Missouri, with the exception of the St. Louis area.

Kansas City Times
June 17, 1972
AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectSouthwestern Bell Telephone Building
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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