History of The Herald-Mail Newspaper

History of The Herald-Mail Building

The Herald-Mail Company moved to 100 Summit Avenue in December of 1979 and published The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail. The Sunday edition—The Herald-Mail—began in April 1982 and was a combined edition of the two newspapers. Eventually the morning and afternoon papers merged weekdays as well. Today, The Herald-Mail is published seven days a week.

The present building was designed by architect Arthur Golding of Pereira Associates in Los Angeles, CA.

Workmen from Hagerstown’s Blake Construction Company used 99 caissons—25 feet deep—to support the building in bedrock. They also poured 5,100 cubic yards of concrete. Three-thousand cubic yards were exposed with hydraulic hammers to reveal tan pigment and fractured multi-colored stones.

The architectural concrete gives the building a textured surface and a warm tone. Each square foot of “bush-hammer” took approximately three-quarters of an hour. The 44-foot high glass walls in the pressroom enabled passersby to view the printing of the newspaper when it was in operation.

More than a quarter mile of old stone fence from the Boonsboro area was used for the garden wall at the front of the building. Dry wall mortar was used so the aged stones would appear to be stacked together. More than 120,000 bricks were used in the patio and sidewalk areas along summit avenue and Antietam street.

In 2011, the printing of the newspaper was outsourced. It is currently printed in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

With the former press area now renovated for events, the building continues to serve as a reflection of the Herald-Mail’s faith in the community and commitment to the highest ideals of community service.

Installation of a new press in 1985