United Carbon Building (now Boulevard Tower)
this twelve-story office building stands along Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston, West Virginia. Building design combines typical 1930s styles with designs that were emerging from the late 1930s and '40s. Construction of United Carbon Building began in 1939 and was finished the next year. The building is also referred to as Boulevard Tower as it rises 157 feet from the sidewalk to the twelfth floor.
Backstory and Context
In 1916, Nelson and his associates from Weston formed the new company that specialized in carbon black production. By 1925, the company had combined with several others to form the United Carbon Company. Nelson was made president of the company the same year, which is why the United Carbon Building is also known as the "Nelson Building."2 By the 1930s, the company was the leader of producing carbon black and decided to move its headquarters to Charleston, West Virginia. Nelson commissioned architect Walter F. Martens to design the structure in 1939 and construction was completed in 1940. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.2