The Daily Record has completed a move from its Baltimore headquarters of 100 years to a modern office space around the corner.
As of Monday, the newspaper calls St. Paul Plaza, at 200 St. Paul Place, home, and has a 10-year lease in the building.
“The new home of The Daily Record, we worked very hard through Kornblatt … to make sure that we tied in our history as well as our future,” said Publisher Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, referring to The Kornblatt Co., which owns and manages St. Paul Plaza.
The newspaper now occupies 6,355 square feet of space on the building’s 24th floor. The new space celebrates elements of The Daily Record’s history, such as custom shelving to showcase bound books containing copies of the publication from the past 128 years.
But the space also looks to embrace the newspaper’s future with gestures like flat-screen televisions highlighting The Daily Record’s digital journalism. The new space will also be used to emphasize the publication’s photography and events. The space also provides an area where the paper can host events for customers and readers.
“We specifically built out this space so that it has a lot of light, so that, obviously, people feel energized… there’s the least amount of walls we could have, there’s a lot of glass, just to make sure it’s a conducive work environment that really can help us get the best caliber of employees that we can possibly find,” Fischer-Huettner said.
The Daily Record’s former home, at 11 E. Saratoga St., went on the market in late summer of 2014. The building sold to 11 Saratoga LLC in December 2015 for $550,000, according to online state property tax records.
The new owner intends to convert the building into residential units, continuing a trend of converting Class B office space downtown into apartments taking advantage of tax credits and renewed interest in urban living.
Fischer-Huettner, who worked in the previous building for 20 years, called the move to a new home “bittersweet,” but acknowledged that it was time for the paper to move into a modern space.
“On one hand it was sad to leave that history, but then on the other hand, for a while now, the space was getting so overwhelming to maintain and take care of, and we knew our staff was having to make allowances for things that were out of our control,” she said.
The Daily Record’s history dates back to 1888 when it was founded by Edwin Warfield, who eventually was elected governor of Maryland.
The paper originally was located at 124 E. Fayette St. until the building was destroyed in the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Following the fire, the paper set up shop 321 St. Paul St. before it sold that property to the city.
In 1916, the paper moved to a four-story townhouse at 15 E. Saratoga St. Then, in 1927, the paper purchased the property next door at 11 E. Saratoga St., and built a three-story addition on the rear of those properties in 1935.