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The Munsey Building

 
 
The Munsey Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 24, 2008
1. The Munsey Building Marker
Inscription. When this structure was completed in 1911, it was Baltimore's tallest office building. Of steel construction, faced with Bedford limestone on the lower floors, and brick and terra cotta above, the building stands as a monument of sorts to the whims of newspaper magnate Frank Munsey.

Known as the "dealer in dailies," and the "undertaker of journalism" for his cavalier buying and selling of papers, Munsey bought the News (forerunner of the News American) in 1908. He thus became the first non-resident owner of the newspaper since its inception. Munsey scorned the News building that previously stood on this site and decided to replace it a mere five years after its erection with the current building that bears his name.

The local architectural firm of Baldwin & Pennington, together with McKim, Mead & White of New York design the building. The Munsey Trust Company opened the ground floor in 1913. In 1915, the bank became the Equitable Trust Company with Munsey as the chairman of the board. The News continued to publish here until its move in 1924 to Pratt and Commerce Streets.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, Baltimore Investment Associates, sponsor, William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
 
Marker series. This marker
The Munsey Building image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 24, 2008
2. The Munsey Building
Marker is just to the left of the door.
is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.408′ N, 76° 36.735′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of South Calvert Street (Maryland Route 2) and East Fayette Street, on the right when traveling north on South Calvert Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Equitable Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover Baltimore: The Monumental City (within shouting distance of this marker); Alex Brown Investment Banking Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Alex. Brown & Sons Company Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore City Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable Buildings
 
The Munsey Building image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 24, 2008
3. The Munsey Building
 
 
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