Pacific Telephone Building by Miller & Pflueger

Pacific Telephone Building by Miller & Pflueger

140 New Montgomery St., a.k.a. the old Pacific Telephone Building, was designed by Miller & Pflueger and opened in 1925 as the tallest building in San Francisco.

In 1929 inside this “Monument to Talk,” Winston Churchill made one of the first trans-Atlantic phone calls.

Pacific Telephone Building by Miller & Pflueger

Pacific Telephone Building by Miller & Pflueger

Pacific Telephone Building by Miller & Pflueger

Pacific Telephone Building by Miller & Pflueger

Mark Goodman painted the glorious plaster ceiling by hand, as the highlight of the opulent lobby:

Pacific Telephone Building by Miller & Pflueger

This ceiling is so vivid and gilded that I’d almost be tempted to call it gaudy, but I can’t — it’s gorgeous, though surprising in an office building:

Pacific Telephone Building by Miller & Pflueger

Pacific Telephone Building by Miller & Pflueger

Fun fact: Yelp is now headquartered in this building:

Pacific Telephone Building by Miller & Pflueger

Miller & Pflueger was a prominent San Francisco architecture firm that, among many other projects, designed the Paramount Theatre across the bay in Oakland.

4 thoughts on “Pacific Telephone Building by Miller & Pflueger

  1. So beautiful. What do you think is wrong with today’s architects? I can’t imagine the boxes that pass for buildings these days aging gracefully.

  2. Agreed! I guess taste is different nowadays, and there’s a different focus on efficiency in building. These old buildings have aged well, as you pointed out.

    I’d love to work across the street from a beauty like this one!

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