A working, old-style telephone booth survives in Richmond


Each spring for the past few years Richmond has bestowed awards for historic preservation efforts. This isn’t one of them, but it deserves recognition.
It’s a functioning, old school phone booth that survives in the Richmond Memorial Auditorium at Civic Center Plaza. The auditorium and the rest of the plaza were renovated four years ago and a bank of phone booths (phones long since yanked) in the lobby were removed.
But a built-in booth at the end of one hallway remains, still with a phone, the little table underneath, and a folding door.
Even better, there is still a directory (the 2002 West Contra Costa phone book from SBC) attached to the wall inside an original Yellow Pages protective cover (below).


Chris Treadway