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Property Name Detroit News Complex
Reference Number 15000947
State Michigan
County Wayne
Town Detroit
Street Address 615 and 801 West Lafayette Boulevard
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/29/2015
Areas of Significance Architecture, Commerce, Communications
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The Detroit News Complex was constructed for the Detroit News, one of the city's leading newspapers, founded in 1873 by James E. Scripps, and occupied by the News from its opening in 191 7 until October, 2014. The publisher of the paper at the time of its construction was George G. Booth, whose vision of the paper's role and importance is reflected in the building. The News Building is also significant as a product of Detroit architect Albert Kahn's industrial and office architecture designed for a highly visible downtown setting. The News Building's exterior sculpture and relief work is a remarkable display of sculptural and decorative art that contributes strongly to its overall distinction and cultural significance. The building is also historically important for housing radio station WWJ, Michigan's first commercial radio station, which broadcast during its early years beginning in 1920 from the Detroit News Building. The Detroit News complex meets national register criterion A for its contributions to the newspaper industry's development in Detroit and the early history of commercial radio in Detroit, Michigan, and the United States. The Detroit News complex also meets national register criterion C for its 1915-24 buildings and structures designed by Detroit architect Albert Kahn.

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