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Old 07-19-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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Is the AT&T Communications building in downtown a telecom hotel? It looks so lifeless.

And that brown communications tower on top...I assume no architect was involved with the design? Even the building itself looks like an example of brutalist architecture.

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Old 07-19-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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I think the Soviets designed it back in the 50s.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:32 PM
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That's the old long lines aggregation point for the southeast. Not sure anything is actually going on in the building. The hotel is at 56 Marietta St.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:34 PM
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AT&T Long Lines Building, Atlanta - SkyscraperPage.com



The Microwave Radio and Coaxial Cable Networks of the Bell System
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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That's the old long lines aggregation point for the southeast. Not sure anything is actually going on in the building. The hotel is at 56 Marietta St.
So it's nothing but an excessively built communications tower? Is there anything in that building?

56 Marietta Street is another "dead" building.



What about 55 Marietta Street. Very plain and blah looking building that also seems almost lifeless.

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Old 07-19-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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56 Marietta Street has a telco called Telx in it (Internet backbone provider). I believe telx also owns the boring building at 56 Marietta St. People do work at Telx but probably small in number, perhaps no more than a few dozen workers or so, but just taking a guess. They provide service other to colocation (usually webhosting-related) and have POPs located there for the Internet (backbone connectivity). There could be more to it than that, but I don't personally know without doing Google-foo.

Not sure what is in 55 Marietta Street, maybe something similar (backbone telecom/internet provider or resellers). I think 55 Marietta could have some regular office space as well, but I am not for certain. Maybe another C-D forum member knows.

Back to the original poster's thread, I am not sure about the blocky, old Soviet one down the street with the AT&T sign on it. It might have a similar telecom setup for another Tier 1 provider besides AT&T or other colocations, but I know less about it other than it is ugly on the outside like you said, Mathman.

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Old 07-19-2011, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Midtown Atlanta
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It's stumpy-looking because it was intended as the base for a taller building.

Southern Bell Building (now AT&T Communication Building) by Marye, Alger, and Vinour
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:48 AM
 
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I never paid attention to this building
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:58 AM
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56 Marietta Street has a telco called Telx in it (Internet backbone provider). I believe telx also owns the boring building at 56 Marietta St. People do work at Telx but probably small in number, perhaps no more than a few dozen workers or so, but just taking a guess. They provide service other to colocation (usually webhosting-related) and have POPs located there for the Internet (backbone connectivity). There could be more to it than that, but I don't personally know without doing Google-foo.

Not sure what is in 55 Marietta Street, maybe something similar (backbone telecom/internet provider or resellers). I think 55 Marietta could have some regular office space as well, but I am not for certain. Maybe another C-D forum member knows.

Back to the original poster's thread, I am not sure about the blocky, old Soviet one down the street with the AT&T sign on it. It might have a similar telecom setup for another Tier 1 provider besides AT&T or other colocations, but I know less about it other than it is ugly on the outside like you said, Mathman.
There;s quite a few tenants in 56 marietta. Level 3 for example. Approximately 1/3 of the internet traffic in the US goes through there (or perhaps surrounding addresses). You wouldn't know it from the outside, and that's just fine for those responsible for the security of the building.

You'll see those old long lines towers all over the country. After we had transcontinental fiber routes, the long lines network was decommissioned but the antennas have no value, hence no reason to bring them down. This was from back in the day when you had to have an operator literally 'patch' your call through to call long distance.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:18 AM
 
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It's stumpy-looking because it was intended as the base for a taller building.

Southern Bell Building (now AT&T Communication Building) by Marye, Alger, and Vinour
Great link, koko! I knew the building was "unfinished" but have always liked the way they got started.

That brown tower on top is one of the worst looking things in downtown Atlanta. Yuck.
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