The Dayton Daily News Building

Location: 4th and Ludlow streets
Year built: 1908-10
Architect: Albert A. Pretzinger


The Dayton Daily News building at 4th & Ludlow streets was designed by architect Albert A. Pretzinger and erected between 1908 and 1910. Pretzinger modeled the building after the famous Knickerbocker Trust bank in New York.

According to legend, DDN founder James M. Cox told Pretzinger to "build me a damn bank" after local bankers turned down his application for a loan.

"It was that very thing," Cox wrote in his autobiography, "which prompted us to erect a very attractive building, classic in its features, looking more like a bank than a newspaper plant. It was to symbolize the solid institution, which the public was late to recognize."

The original building was expanded in the 1920s, again in the 1950s and again in the 1970s. The 1910 structure was extensively remodeled and renovated in 1989.


Source: DDN 12/9/89