One autumn evening in 1907, the switchboards of the Hudson River Telephone Company lit up for the very first time. The handsome new Telephone Building located on Main Street in Beacon, New York, housed the latest equipment in communications technology, including special booths on the first floor for “transient users of the service.”
One hundred years later, and after a long and artful restoration, Beacon’s original telephone building at 291 Main Street is home, once again, to those in the business of communication. Today, where rows of operators once staffed state-of-the-art electric switchboards, the Telephone Building’s twenty-first century tenants connect via the internet with local, national and international clients.
Centrally located in the historic Hudson River Valley, Beacon’s original Telephone Building stands as a reminder of America’s innovative past and is today, an anchor in the city’s vibrant resurgence.