Just want to add that I have read Rachel's book and it is very interesting. Highly recommended for people who are interested in the local press.
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I agree that it is a very interesting question. I have written about the history of the local and regional newspaper in the UK and would suggest that landmark buildings were a marker of the social status newspapers claimed for themselves in the 19th century. Often they took up presence in town centres close to municipal council offices etc (the city of Reading is a documented
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I'm definitely late to this thread, Paula, and you probably also know of this book, but Aurora Wallace's study of newspaper buildings in NYC is excellent. Additionally, you might want want to check out the work of my friend and colleague Carole O'Reilly in the UK. I myself am interested in the interiors of newspaper buildings, specifically newsroom and production spaces, and know more about those -- I'd be happy to help if you have questions!
Thank you to all of you for these very helpful suggestions. My project is about the power (and declining power) of newspaper architecture. Several of you noted that many of these historic buildings are being converted into other uses. As a preservationist that makes me happy on one level but I regret what is means for the industry. Thanks again.