The Western Union Telegraph Building on Broadway, New York City

This giant turreted building located at Broadway and Dey Street was built by George P. Post in 1872-75. Its height of 230 feet was made possible by the recent invention of the passenger elevator. One hundred telegraph operators worked in this building which was open twenty-four hours a day and lit by night. Its tower was an important landmark for mariners in New York Harbor. Here it dwarfs its neighbor, the Goodyear Rubber Goods building.

1880 circa 15 years
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