Dial System Will Replace Manual Phones in Cambridge on Completion of New Telephone Building on Ware Street
A gradual change to the dial system in Cambridge will begin within three months, on completion of a new exchange building by the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. The new building, which will serve all of Cambridge, and will probably affect the private exchange of the University, now located in Lehman Hall, is being erected on Ware Street, a block behind the Freshman Union. Having submitted plans of the new building to the University for approval, the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company decided upon a Georgian form of architecture as being in greatest harmony with most of the more recent College buildings.
The telephone company was not willing to divulge information concerning the expense of the structure, although they admitted yesterday that this item will be only a fraction of the expense of over-hauling the 25,350 telephones in Cambridge, and of changing to the dial system.
If the University decides to incorporate the dial system within its own private exchange, the telephone board in Lehman Hall will undergo extensive alternation, all the extension phones will have to be changed, and many minor problems will come to light.
Questioned about the building, which is fast rearing its Georgian form above the neighboring structures. G. B. Edgell '09, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, expressed full approval yesterday afternoon of the taste shown by the telephone company in its architectural choice. "Whether the telephone companies in the different parts of the United States are associated, they all reveal, in the form of their buildings, many of which are massive structures, perhaps the most constructive and progressive of modern architectural form." The new Cambridge fire station, soon to be built on the present site of the Rogers Building, is also to be in Georgian style.