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The Christmas day The Sun moved to Calvert Street

The Sun as it looked in 1950.
The Sun as it looked in 1950. (Baltimore Sun files)

Tribune Media* announced last week that it was in negotiations for the sale of The Baltimore Sun's Calvert Street building, which the news organization has occupied since 1950.

Aging presses, downtown traffic congestion and daily delivery of newsprint from nearby warehouses conspired to force the A. S. Abell Co. board, then owners of The Sun, Evening Sun and Sunday Sun, to plan for a new five-story building that rose on the site of the Pennsylvania Railroad's old Calvert Station.

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The Sun as it looked in 2000.
The Sun as it looked in 2000. (Baltimore Sun files)

Since 1907, the newspaper had occupied a grand building on the southwest corner of Charles and Baltimore streets, that since 1906, by city ordinance, was known as Sun Square.

The move to Calvert Street began in mid-December 1950, with the full move on Christmas Day, because papers were not published on the holiday at that time.

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The Hoe presses.
The Hoe presses. (Baltimore Sun files / 1951)

On Dec. 23, the last Evening Sun rolled off the presses with an emotional farewell editorial to its old beloved home: "Good-by, Sun Square."

Some 80 trailer-loads of furniture, filing cabinets, printing equipment, Linotype machines and stereotyping machinery made the journey across town.

Staff photographers did a little moving of their own when they captured cockroaches from the old building and released a pair on each floor of the new building.

At 8:11 p.m. Christmas night, Bettina Patterson, 10, whose grandfather, Paul C. Patterson, was the retiring president of the A.S. Abell Co., and Betty Ann Schmick, 10, granddaughter of William F. Schmick Sr., who had succeeded Patterson, stood in the press room, and then set the Hoe presses in motion after pushing the "jog" and "fast" buttons.

* This article has been updated. An earlier version incorrectly stated that The Sun owns the building.

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