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Bell Telephone Exchange Building

The former Bell Telephone Exchange Building has had an interesting history; built for operators, it has changed hands repeatedly.

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The rusticated Romanesque Revival facade is typical of St. Louis architecture before the advent of Louis Sullivan’s imprint on the buildings of St. Louis.  I see a little Renaissance influence in the roundels between the arches.

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This building housed City Grociers, which went out of business several years ago.  It is now the very tasty Bailey’s Range, which I recommend.

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