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Faraday House Also known as International Telephone Exchange

 

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  • Faraday House, London
  • Faraday House, London
  • Faraday House, London

Other Information

  • The first telephone exchange in the Faraday Buildings North Block was opened in 1902 by the General Post Office although the block was built in 1890 as a mail sorting house.
  • Faraday House, the South Block, was built in the early 1930s to host the expansion and the world's first ever international telephone exchange was housed in it in 1933. By 1935 it had 6,000 lines in an automatic exchange going all over the world and ALL countries in the world routed international telephone calls through it apart from Japan, China and Albania.
  • Faraday House was tall enough to obscure St Paul's Cathedral from some views and as a result of the outrage, tight sight-lines were brought in to protect the views of it. Previously height restrictions had not protected this building and were related to fire safety rules rather than the protection of historic buildings.
  • Today Faraday House remains a switching centre although much of its operations were transferred to the now demolished Mondial House in 1981 and finally fully automated.

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Architect
A.R Myers
Developer
City of London

Reference Data

Reference No.
6037
First Uploaded
07-05-2009
Last Editorial Date
27-11-2014
 

Building Location

Address
136-144 Queen Victoria Street, London. EC4
Council
City of London
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1930
Construction start date
1931
Completion date
1933
Style
Art Deco

Roof Height (AOD)
46.80
Roof Height (AGL)
37.00

Total Floors (O.G)
11

Market Data

Primary Use
Office


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