Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?

Bell Telephone Building, Oakland

Bell Telephone Building, Neville Avenue

When this dignified Renaissance palace on Neville Avenue was built, there were telephone exchanges like this all over the city, each one stuffed with operators directing calls from here to there. They were built to be ornaments to their neighborhoods rather than mere excrescences of technology. These days we dial numbers directly, but this building still belongs to the successor of the Bell Telephone Company.

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