#TBT: Daily News Building, Circa 1953

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: History

With the Daily News Building making some news of its own this month, we thought we'd reach into the Tube City Online archives to show you what the building originally looked like.

As constructed in the 1930s, the Daily News building was about half of its present size. Visible in this photo is the original three-story portion of the building constructed at the corner of Lysle Boulevard (originally called Jerome Avenue) and Walnut Street.

Based on the cars, this photo was probably taken about 1953 or 1954.

Until 1960, Walnut Street continued all the way to the edge of the Monongahela River, and until the early 1970s, cars could drive on Fourth Avenue (the tracks were embedded into the pavement).

The brick building next to the Daily News Building is a garage for the meatpacking and food company, Swift & Co. (You may remember them from brands such as Peter Pan peanut butter and Swift Premium "Brown 'n Serve" sausages.)

Shortly after this photo was taken, the Swift & Co. garage was demolished to make way for the expansion of the Daily News building.

Incidentally, until the 1980s, a railroad siding connected the Daily News Building to the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad tracks. Giant rolls of newsprint were delivered to the newspaper from Canada and points north, and then offloaded into the basement, where they were threaded into the presses.

For many years before the paper closed, newsprint was delivered to the Daily News by tractor-trailers, not railroad cars, but the loading dock and traces of the railroad siding are still present at the back of the building, if you walk or ride past on the Great Allegheny Passage hiking-biking trail.

Originally published November 30, 2017.

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