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Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company Building, 1519 Franklin Street, Oakland, Alameda County, CA



B&W Photos

HB140122
Front View (east Side) Of The Building Facing Franklin Street

HB140123
View Of The Northeast Corner

HB140124
View Of Northeast Corner Of The Building From Above, Approximately At 10th

HB140125
Closer View Of Northeast Corner Of The Building.

HB140126
View Of The Southeast Corner Of The Building, Taken At Street Level At Intersection Of Franklin And 15th Street.

HB140127
View Of The Southside Of Building.

HB140128
Partial Rear View (northwest Side) Of The Building.

HB140129
View Of The Light Grey Granite Base With White Glazed Terra Cotta Finish Above

HB140130
Close-up Of The White Glazed Terra Cotta Column Bas-relief Over The Light Grey Granite Base.

HB140131
View Of The Arched Tripartite Steel Sash Window Of The 2nd Floor With Cast Iron Molded Panel Below At Front Elevation.

HB140132
Close-up View Of Arched 2nd Floor Window And Cast Iron Molded Panels With Dentils, At Front Elevation.

HB140133
Close-up View Of 2nd Floor Window Showing The White Glazed Terra Cotta Details, At Front Elevation.

HB140134
View Of The 'capital' Or The Treatment Of The 10th Floor, 11th Floor And Roof Parapet

HB140135
Close-up View Of The 10th And 11th Floor Windows


Item Title
Close-up View Of The 10th And 11th Floor Windows

Location
1519 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2317
Building/structure dates: 1919 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1927 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1992 demolished
Significance: This structure is historically important for its association with early 20th century growth of telephone service in the East Bay and the fact that it is still used by the firm that built it. At the time of the 1927 addition, the structure was called the Glen Court Central Office Building of P.T.&T. Company.

Related Names
Cobby, E. V.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. FRONT VIEW (EAST SIDE) OF THE BUILDING FACING FRANKLIN STREET. PHOTO TAKEN FROM STREET LEVEL.
2. VIEW OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER. PHOTO TAKEN FROM STREET LEVEL.
3. VIEW OF NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE BUILDING FROM ABOVE, APPROXIMATELY AT 10TH. FLOOR LEVEL. VIEW OVERLOOKS CORNER OF FRANKLIN AND 15TH STREET.
4. CLOSER VIEW OF NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE BUILDING.
5. VIEW OF THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE BUILDING, TAKEN AT STREET LEVEL AT INTERSECTION OF FRANKLIN AND 15TH STREET.
6. VIEW OF THE SOUTHSIDE OF BUILDING.
7. PARTIAL REAR VIEW (NORTHWEST SIDE) OF THE BUILDING.
8. VIEW OF THE LIGHT GREY GRANITE BASE WITH WHITE GLAZED TERRA COTTA FINISH ABOVE. THIS IS THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE BUILDING.
9. CLOSE-UP OF THE WHITE GLAZED TERRA COTTA COLUMN BAS-RELIEF OVER THE LIGHT GREY GRANITE BASE.
10. VIEW OF THE ARCHED TRIPARTITE STEEL SASH WINDOW OF THE 2ND FLOOR WITH CAST IRON MOLDED PANEL BELOW AT FRONT ELEVATION.
11. CLOSE-UP VIEW OF ARCHED 2ND FLOOR WINDOW AND CAST IRON MOLDED PANELS WITH DENTILS, AT FRONT ELEVATION.
12. CLOSE-UP VIEW OF 2ND FLOOR WINDOW SHOWING THE WHITE GLAZED TERRA COTTA DETAILS, AT FRONT ELEVATION.
13. VIEW OF THE 'CAPITAL' OR THE TREATMENT OF THE 10TH FLOOR, 11TH FLOOR AND ROOF PARAPET. VIEW IS THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE BUILDING.
14. CLOSE-UP VIEW OF THE 10TH AND 11TH FLOOR WINDOWS. WINDOWS HAVE WHITE TERRA COTTA SILLS, HEADS AND MULLIONS. ARCHES ARE OF TERRA COTTA INCLUDING ORNAMENTATION ABOVE THE 11TH FLOOR WINDOWS. CIRCULAR ORNAMENTATIONS BETWEEN ARCHES ARE TERRA COTTA PAINTED IN BRONZE COLOR. LOUVERS ON THE WINDOWS ARE NOT PART OF THE ORIGINAL DESIGN. THIS IS THE FRONT ELEVATION.
15. VIEW OF 10TH AND 11TH FLOOR WINDOWS AT FRONT ELEVATION.
16. NORTHEAST CORNER VIEW OF 10TH AND 11TH FLOOR WINDOWS. CORNER SHOWS THE DIAGONALLY FLUTED SPIRAL DESIGN OF THE RELIEF COLUMN.
17. BOTTOM PART OF THE FLUTED SPIRAL RELIEF COLUMN FROM NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE BUILDING.
18. VIEW OF PARAPET AT NORTHEAST CORNER. PARAPET IS TREATED LIKE A CLASSICAL ENTABLATURE WITH DENTILS AND REPETITIVE EGG AND DART ORNAMENTATION BELOW IT. FACE BRICK BELOW SEPARATES THE ARCHED WINDOWS OF THE 11TH FLOOR, PARAPET CORNICE IS ORIGINALLY MADE OF COPPER. PRESENT FINISH LOOKS LIKE STUCCO.
19. CLOSE-UP VIEW OF PARAPET, NORTHEAST CORNER OF BUILDING.
20. TYPICAL VIEW OF FRONT WINDOWS FROM 4TH TO 9TH FLOOR WITH WHITE GLAZED TERRA COTTA SILL AND HEADERS. MULLIONS ARE ORANGE BROWN BRICKS LIKE THE WALLS. BRICKS ARE IN FLEMISH BOND PATTERN.
21. VIEW FROM INTERIOR OF 2ND FLOOR ARCHED WINDOW WITH HOLLOW STEEL SASH AND POLISHED PLATE WIRE GLASS. THIS WINDOW IS AT THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING.
22. TYPICAL FOR THE FIRST FLOOR INTERIORS, ARE PAIRED COLUMN PILASTERS IN KEENE CEMENT PLASTER. BASE OF PILASTER IS SHOWN.
23. VIEW OF THE CAPITAL OF THE INTERIOR COLUMN PILASTER. CORNER CONDITION IS SHOWN. THIS IS TYPICAL AT FIRST FLOOR.
24. VIEW OF MAIN STAIR'S CONCRETE BALUSTRADE WITH CURVED OAK TOP AND FACE TRIM.
25. VIEW OF STAIR HANDRAIL MADE OF OAK WITH STEEL BRACKETS.
26. VIEW OF TYPICAL FIRE HOSE ASSEMBLY INSIDE STAIRWAYS.
27. VIEW OF ELEVATOR DOOR WITH POLISHED PLATE WIRE GLASS.
28. VIEW OF THE SOLDERING NICHE FORMED WITH BRICKS. THE BACK OF THE NICHE IS CEMENT FINISHED. THE BOTTOM HAS A 1 INCH THICK ASBESTOS SHELF. THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN AT THE 3RD FLOOR.
29. VIEW OF 4TH FLOOR'S TELEPHONE RACKS WITH CABLE TRAYS ABOVE. THESE ARE NEWER APPARATUS AND NOT ORIGINAL.
30. VIEW OF THE TELEPHONE APPARATUS AT 4TH FLOOR.
31. VIEW OF SWITCHES AT 9TH FLOOR.
32. VIEW OF ELECTRIC MOTOR AND SWITCHES AT 9TH FLOOR.


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