Texas Almanac, 1949-1950 Page: 33
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The first home of The Dallas Morning News, in which it began publication in 1885, was
on Commerce Street, in the middle of the block between Lamar and Austin Streets.
The Dallas Morning News and Associated Enterprises
The year 1949 witnessed the setting of an-
other landmark in the history of the now-
107-year-old institution that publishes The
Dallas Morning News. After residing sixty-
three years, five months and nineteen days at
the site of its original establishment in Dal-
las on Oct. 1, 1885, The News moved on March
19 and 20, 1949, to its magnificent new home,
constructed during the preceding two years.
The new building is the result of many
years of dreaming and planning. It stands as
a monument to the late George Bannerman
Dealey whose death at 86 years, on Feb. 26,
1946, occurred while the plans for the new
structure were being made. In architec-
tural beauty, mechanical and technological
equipment and convenience to both employees
and patrons, it is largely the result of his
years of study of newspaper production.
The original Dallas home of The News was
a three-story building in the middle of the
block between Austin and Lamar Streets on
Commerce. It was flanked by the Grand
Windsor Hotel Annex on the west and by a
mercantile establishment on the east. In 1900
it expanded by erecting a new building on
the site of the mercantile establishment, ex-
tending its structure to the corner of Com-
merce and Lamar. This became its office
In 1913 it erected on the site of the former
hotel annex its basement-and-four-story build-
ing at Commerce and Austin to house its
mechanical departments. At that time it was
one of the best-equipped newspaper printing
plants in the country. This plant, including
office and mechanical buildings, was serving
'The News at the time of its recent removal.
The new building stands at Houston, Young
and Record Streets on a lot 200 feet wide and
1,000 feet long. The building is 192 feet wide
and 301 feel long, and has a total floor space
of 210,000 square feet, or 4.8 acres. There are
three full stories above the basement with a
central portion containing air conditioning
and other building equipment that rises to
the height of an eight-story building. The
new home of The News follows the lines of
functional, contemporary modern architecture
as applied to commercial structures.
It faces north on Young Street overlooking
Ferris Plaza, a little gem of trees, grass and
fountain in the midst of downtown Dallas.
Facing the park from the west is the elegant
structure of the Dallas Union Railway Pas-
senger Terminal. The News building is set
back 75 feet from the street with an inter-
vening parkway. In its architectural lines
and setting it exemplifies G. B. Dealey's life-
long insistence that a business building
should have beauty as well as utility.
The center section of the front of the
building is a solid limestone-faced wall rising
three stories above the main entrance. On it
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