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Southwestern Bell Headquarters
Location: 1000 block between Pine and Chestnut
Architect: Mauran, Russell, & Crowell
Status: occupied and in use by Southwest Bell.
This elaborately massed Art Deco skyscraper is St. Louis's best example of a building stepped back at its upper heights to avoid throwing shadows on the surrounding streets. This sort of massing was modeled after a 1917 New York zoning ordinance.
Surrounded by contemporary construction, the building is somewhat isolated from its historic context; however, its Gothic outline makes a powerful presence on the city's skyline. Unlike many historic buildings in downtown, it is well maintained to this day and in no danger of demolition.