East Liverpool Historical Society


The Ohio Bell Telephone Building office at 415 Market Street, East Liverpool, Ohio. The earliest date that appears associated to the building that we have is 1915.

There are pictures showing a Kitchen area and what appears to be a sitting room. While there is a post card picture of a YWCA on 5th Street in ELO we don't have any information giving a date for it and if single women lived there or not. The Mary Patterson wasn't open for residents until 1932 so it might be possible that some of the single women operators may have lived on the premise in the upper one or two floors of the Ohio Bell Telephone building. At this time we don't know for certain.

Unfortunately we do not have any names of any of the people in any of the pictures other than former mayor.

What appears to be a living or sitting room. Date unknown.

Blueprint for the building. Earliest date on it is Dec 3, 1915. Latest date on it is Nov. 3, 1925.

Date unknown. Full view of the front of the building. On the left hand side of the building still visible today (July 2011) are the words Bell Telephone.

What appears to be a kitchen and eating area.

Another living room or sitting area.

The business office on the first floor.

We have a year for this, 1950. The office for the line crews, installers, etc.

Ohio Bell Telephone's calisthenics class, East Liverpool, January, 1929.

Former East Liverpool Mayor E. Allan McKeever placing the first call on the new dial system. November , 1954.

The garage for equipment, vehicles, etc. It still exists and is located at 315 Smith Street, East Liverpool Ohio. It is now a private garage. A thank you to Clay Ingram for brining this to our attention.

Inside the garage area.

Inside the garage area.

Date unknown.

Date unknown.

Ohio Bell Telephone switchboard at 415 Market Street, East Liverpool, Ohio. November, 1954.


It is pretty obvious the second floor of this building was remodeled so that they could turn it into apartments after the Bell telephone company left. It doesn't appear that the third floor was remodeled.

p>We were given free reign in photographing these buildings. We didn't even have an escort. It was suggested that we not go above the second floor of the telephone building. That it wasn't safe. We asked about going on rooftops and we were told we couldn't. It was pointed out that at least a couple buildings the rooftops were partly inside the building. We followed the advice on the rooftops and did not go to on any rooftop which is usually our bread-and-butter when we photograph these buildings.

Going up from the outside to the second floor,

That has got to be one of the narrowest hallways I have ever seen. There doesn't appear to be any light at the end of that tunnel.

Peeking into one of the four apartments. To do some justice here this building has been empty for a number of years and the workers had been and all these buildings recently tearing out asbestos and other possible hazardous materials. So those things help to explain at least some of the mess you see in some of these pictures.

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