I was a kid, part of what I did with my life was to wander around downtown
Salt Lake City on Saturdays. One of my stops in my wandering was this building.
Long the downtown business center for USWest predecessor Mountain Bell, this
building had phone booths on the east side, a showroom on part of the main
floor, and operator and billing functions. It also housed the downtown switch,
and AT&T toll switches. The switches, now digital, remain, both for the
local LEC, Qwest, and for AT&T. The main entrance to the building bears
the logos of both USWest and AT&T. The tower on this building connected
with Salt Lake City Junction,
and this building was apparently part of the cable route. See below for more
Tower, building from SE.
Reddish building in foreground is
Federal Reserve branch across street south.
South-facing antennas (facing you) point to AT&T site at Camp Williams.
Click on any photograph for a closeup.
This building was
once headquarters for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph, later to
become Mountain Bell, then USWest, now Qwest.
This building originally housed operator and billing functions.
Main USWest offices for the area were
moved to a new building some years back.
This building originally had business offices and phone showrooms at street level.
Still houses USWest switches, AT&T long distance switches, ATTWS switches.
I find it interesting
that a new building about a block away was built with
one face at a diagonal; I wonder if it was possibly to avoid disrupting the MW feed to the canyon tower.