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Vancouver Telephone Building - Vancouver, Washington
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 45° 37.778 W 122° 40.343
10T E 525536 N 5052950
Quick Description: Historic former telephone exchange and office building in Vancouver, Washington.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 10/22/2013 7:47:22 PM
Waymark Code: WMJB4H
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
"The Vancouver Telephone Building is a two story office building and telephone exchange with a reinforced concrete frame, decorative brick veneer, and unglazed terra cotta ornament. Built in 1934 and designed by the Seattle firm of Albertson, Wilson & Richardson, the building employs a stylized brick and terra cotta facade which reflects the "modernistic" movement in American architecture in the 1930s. The building, which is located on a 100 by 100 foot corner lot in a commercial area of downtown Vancouver, is built on a U-shape plan. The bottom of the U faces the principal (south) street facade...

The Vancouver Telephone Building is historically significant for its association with he development of the telecommunications industry in Clark County. Built in 1934-35 and designed by the prominent Seattle architectural firm of Albertson, Wilson, and Richardson, the building was the first structure designed exclusively to house the city's telephone exchange. For 50 years, the building served in that capacity and is today the only surviving structure associated with the company's early history. In addition, the building is among the most distinguished examples of "modernistic" design in the county, combining highly decorative brickwork and unglazed terra cotta ornament in a design that is at once classical and modern, suggesting both the civic importance of the telephone company and the functional role it played.

The Vancouver Telephone Building is among the finest examples of "modernistic" architecture in Clark County. The design incorporates stylized unglazed terra cotta ornament (principally a scroll and acanthus motif), cast by Gladding McBean and Company, with a decorative brick veneer that suggests streamlined classical columns. The decorative use of brick was an acknowledgment of both the functional aspects of a telephone exchange and the financial constraints imposed by the Depression. Neither strictly Art Moderne nor Art Deco in style, the building is an original interpretation of the "modern" influences of the period." - National Register Nomination

The building is in very good condition and now serves as an office building.
Street address:
112 W. Eleventh
Vancouver, Washington

County / Borough / Parish: Clark

Year listed: 1986

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Industry/Processing/Extraction

Current function: Commerce/Trade

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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