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Identification

Boulevard Tower
United Carbon Building
Nelson Building
Stanley Building
127256

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
rigid frame
steel
pile foundation
brick
granite
applied masonry
black dark yellow
early modernism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • The United Carbon Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
  • The tower has ribbon windows alternating with gold brick spandrels, combining with the black granite base to represent the developer's corporate colors.
  • The rounded corners set this building apart as a significant early work of the International Style.
  • Its foundation features 315 concrete piles driven 48 feet below street level.
  • The facade at the ground level features Minnesota black granite and Virginia alberene stone.
  • The original sidewalks surrounding the building featured a special mix of concrete combined with a pigment of carbon black, to complement the building's black and gold facade.
  • The bronze sculpture at the main entrance was created by Robert E. Martens, and is representative of all the workers of the company.
  • Originally commissioned in 1939 as the national headquarters of the United Carbon Company, and would subsequently serve as its headquarters from 1941-1950.
  • The black and gold color scheme of the building was carried out to mirror the corporate colors of the United Carbon Company.

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Location

1018 Kanawha Boulevard East
1 Broad Street
1018 Kanawha Boulevard East
25301
Charleston
West Virginia
U.S.A.

Technical Data

157.00 ft
157.00 ft
131.00 ft
12
2
1940
1941
2

Involved Companies


Eliel Saarinen

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark
  • Exercise facility is available
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