TBT: As demolition nears, a look back at photos of the former Record-Journal building

TBT: As demolition nears, a look back at photos of the former Record-Journal building

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MERIDEN — The city is scheduled to begin demolition of the former Record-Journal building at 11 Crown St. on Friday. Here’s a look back at the history of the building, erected 112 years ago, through a series of photos.

The Meriden Record Company, a predecessor of the Record-Journal, built the Crown Street landmark in 1905. The original version of the building was adorned with windows and a clock on the roof.

An expansion in 1967, the 100th anniversary of The Morning Record, updated much of the interior and provided modern facilities for the business, advertising, photographic, circulation and mechanical departments. The facade was also updated to include six murals facing Perkins Street. The clock on the roof was replaced with a digital display, and many of the windows were covered. In total, the renovation and expansion cost $450,000.

In 1973 and 1974, new circulation, advertising, personnel, composing and photo offices were added as part of a modernization project. There have been several additional updates and additions since then.


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