Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Art Deco: AT+T Building

Entry to the AT&T Communications Buildings (formerly the BellSouth Building), 51 Peachtree Center Avenue, NE, built in1929, by Marye, Alger and Vinour, Architects.

Here's a description, from this site:
"The base of what is now called the AT&T Communications Building in smooth-faced limestone features Art Deco flutings in very low relief and panels with intricate floral and geometric patterns. The elongated and sharply contoured entrance portal on Peachtree Center Avenue is surmounted by an elaborate keystone motif and flanked by stylized human figures (notice also the sharp eagle profiles and metal torcheres on the side). The ornamentation of the AT&T Communications Building was not particularly advanced for the late 1920s, when more colorful and abstract features had become the fashion in New York City."

The building is monolithic and rather dour from a distance, and certainly imposing. I like the fact that you have to slow down, and look up at it from the sidewalk to appreciate the carved friezes and the detail work.

One of the low-relief panels on the building.

One of a pair of torchiere light fixtures at the building entrance.

(click on photos to enlarge)

This site shows an over all image of the building - with the horrendous tower that was added later!


David Thompson said...

Great looking building. I agree with you about the need to slow down to appreciate the building. Too often we rush by, tied up with our important lifes and forget to take in the simple things that are around us.

Great Dame said...

Thanks David! This is one of my new favorite buildings. I really really like the carved friezes on it, but it would be very easy to miss if you were just driving by. They're almost rationed out along the otherwise severe building facades.