f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Southwestern Bell renovation in progress

Posted Monday, December 14, 2009, at 1:22 AM

On December 18, 1964, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., which had acquired the local telephone company in 1951, moved into the expanded building at the northwest corner of Broadway and Ellis, although the renovation of the older section was still incomplete. The new addition housed the business office of the company, while the old section held long distance equipment.

From the Southeast Missourian, Dec. 18, 1964:

"Our new office is designed for the comfort and convenience of those who come to transact telephone business," Frank Cheatham, manager, said. "Everyone is invited to drop in and see it the first chance they get."

When completed, the addition will provide about 22,000 additional feet of floor space, Cheatham noted. The new building extends 50 feet west of the old one.

Total cost of the project, including the addition, improvements and new dialing equipment needed for the growth of the Cape Girardeau exchange will be almost $1 million, he said.


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  • Sometimes Im almost mad that I never got to see Cape this way with my own eyes so thank you Fred and keep those pics comming.

    Do you have any pics of the old Starveiw drive in theater or the on on 25 at dutchtown?

    -- Posted by mogearjammer on Thu, Dec 3, 2009, at 5:54 PM
  • Soviet inspired architecture was all the rage at one time. Nothing is more tranquil than cold slabs of concrete and narrow sheets of dark glass.

    -- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 9:58 AM
  • Another architectral gem ruined by modern Neo Moscow Reniassance "design."

    -- Posted by voyager on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 10:49 AM