14: Newspaper Row

On the north side East Mason between Water Street and Broadway, at 216-222 East Mason Street, two buildings stand to attest to what was once referred to as Newspaper Row. The block between Water and Broadway once contained the headquarters of as many as fifteen different magazines and newspapers including the pre-cursors to our current paper, the Milwaukee Sentinel and the Milwaukee Daily and Weekly Journal published by the Journal Co. The Sentinel was headquartered directly across the street and the Journal was housed for a time in the 1879 building.

In 1879 the east building was constructed for the Milwaukee News, a democratic daily founded in 1848 and shared by a weekly publication, the Journal of Commerce. The four-story building immediately west was constructed in1884 for Attorney Samuel Howard, “a well known Milwaukee bachelor” (according to Milwaukee Sentinel, February 26, 1926). The 1884 building also housed the Milwaukee Abstract Association, which to the best of my knowledge dealt with land and real estate titles. According to the Milwaukee Sentinel archives, Mr. Howard left the property to the Milwaukee Orphan Asylum in his will. As of a 1970 renovation, the two buildings have become an adjoined structure.

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