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American Telephone and Telegraph Company Building, Bamberg County
(124 N. Palmetto Ave., Denmark)
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The American Telephone & Telegraph Company Building is significant not only as an excellent example of early twentieth century corporate architecture in the Georgian Revival style, but also for the role the American Telephone & Telegraph Company played in the development of the telephone and communications industry in early twentieth century lowcountry South Carolina. The two-story Georgian Revival brick building set upon a high basement and featuring a beveled cast or limestone water table was completed in 1923. Constructed under the supervision of T.N. Lacy, district plant superintendent, and D.H. Woodward, district plant engineer, both of Atlanta, the building’s twelve-inch thick walls were completed in a finished brick laid in Flemish bond. The plan is an L-shape, with the focus of the five-bay fašade being the central entrance’s classical limestone frontispiece consisting of flanking Ionic order engaged columns with elongated capitals, a full entablature, and a segmental arched broken pediment with a central cartouche displaying a bell in bas relief. The main floor fašade’s feature 12/12 double-hung sash windows set in blind arches with cast or limestone keys. The exterior is capped with a cast or limestone cornice and stringcourse. A brick parapet surrounds the building at the roofline and is pierced by decorative grilles which correspond to the windows below on only the front and rear elevations. Listed in the National Register July 8, 1999.
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