The AT&T Switching Center was built to western Midtown as a New York Telephone Company's tele equipment building.
Like all the other telecom fortresses, this was designed to withstand considerable nuclear blast and fall-out and be self-sufficient for long periods of time.
The 21-storey building (equivalent of 40 "normal" storeys due to the increased height of each floor) is predominantly white, in concrete and white enamel tiling, with black granite.
The massive building is heavily set-back from Tenth Avenue to a tower on the western side of the plot.
The building was completed with large openings at the top for the various antenna equipment, giving it a belfry-like appearance. Later, new openings have been added, as well as the antenna mast to the top.
The building's main bulk is clad into striped walls and the tower's western elevation has twin black stripes rising from the bottom to the top.
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