Portland in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Press Herald Building
Built 1923, Expanded 1948
Publisher Guy P. Gannett commissioned this building to serve as the headquarters for the media empire he founded in 1922.
For its time, it was a state-of-the-art production facility where reporters, photographers and editors put together pages that were printed in the basement and loaded on trucks to be sent out for delivery every day.
Over the years the building housed the Portland Press Herald, Evening Express, Maine Sunday Telegram, WGAN radio, WGAN (later WGME) television and MaineToday.com, one of the state's first news websites.
Decades after Gannett's death in 1954, the news organizations he founded remain a powerful force in Maine's media landscape.
"I have never regarded the newspaper as merely a piece of private property to be conducted for mercenary ends, but rather as an institution to be managed for the public good, and to be made a force in the community, for the promotion of the welfare of our city, state, section and nation." Guy P. Gannett
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1922.
Location. 43° 39.522′ N, 70° 15.366′ W. Marker is in Portland, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Exchange Street and Federal Street, on the right when traveling north on Exchange Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 119 Exchange St, Portland ME 04101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portland Maine World War I Marker (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portland Maine Korea and Vietnam Memorial (about 300 feet away); Portland Maine World War II Memorial (about 300 feet away); Portland Maine Spanish War/World War I Memorial (about 300 feet away); Elm Theater Mask (about 400 feet away); Friends (Quaker) Meeting House (about 400 feet away); In 1745 (about 400 feet away); Hack Stand of Reuben Ruby (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
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