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This 1939 Office Building Straddles Art Deco and Modernism

Welcome back to Monochromes, a Friday mini-series wherein Curbed delves deep into the Library of Congress's photographic annals, resurfacing with an armful of old black-and-white photos of architecture and interior design of yesteryear. Have a find you want to share? Hit up the tipline; we'd love to hear from you.


The best part about these 1939 photos of the Connecticut headquarters of Southern New England Telephone Company is that the building is very clearly having an identity crisis, one room the epitome of turn-of-the-century architectural heaviness, the next room done up in black and gold Gatsby-style Art Deco, the next a suite of secretary desks not totally unlike those seen in the 1950s and '60s. Have a look at the photos, snagged from the Library of Congress' Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, below.

· Southern New England Telephone Company, New Haven, Connecticut. [Library of Congress' Gottscho-Schleisner Collection]
· All Monochromes posts [Curbed National]
· All Dwelling posts [Curbed National]
· All 1930s posts [Curbed National]
· All Office Spaces posts [Curbed National]