Vonnegut, Bohn & Mueller made national news in 1930 with its ambitious and successful plan to build this. Actually, the plan involved moving another building out of the way first. Indiana Bell needed a new modern building and this architecture firm engineered to move the existing, functioning building and rotate it so that it faced New York Street. While the eight-story building was in transit, it remained fully functioning with offices and switchboards and no interruption of service. After the old telephone building was moved, Kurt Sr. designed an eight-story Art Deco building on the site. Otto N. Mueller, the firm’s structural engineer, supervised the move. The new building was designed to support twenty-five stories. Over time, additional floors were added in several different building campaigns and the relocated building itself was demolished. So it goes.
The writer reflected on his father’s work in "Fates Worse Than Death":
Cover image: Bell telephone employees. Image from Bell Telephone Magazine, 1922.