You are here

Mountain Bell Microwave Tower

-A A +A
1972, Rogers-Nagel-Langhart. I-70 near Vail Dr.

This $2.7 million utilitarian sculpture on the north side of I-70 is Vail's most visible landmark, a 110-foot-high, shed-roofed structure used to transmit telephone signals over the mountains. “Vail did not want the visual pollution of just another steel phone tower with microwave horns,” architect John Rogers explained in 1990. “So we preserved the natural landscaping and nearby aspen. We used native gravels for the tower's rusticated precast concrete skin.”

Writing Credits

Author: 
Thomas J. Noel
×

Data

What's Nearby

Citation

Thomas J. Noel, "Mountain Bell Microwave Tower", [Vail, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-EA18.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,