It’s been a month and a day since it was announced that Ray Washburne’s Charter DMN Holdings had purchased the former Dallas Morning News headquarters on Young Street.
Known by many as the “Rock of Truth” because of the words etched on the front, Washburne’s company purchased the campus for $28 million, paying $5.6 million in cash paid today at closing, and a two-year promissory note for the remaining $22.4 million.
At the time, nobody knew for certain what Washburne intended for the building, although he had said he valued the George Dahl-designed building and would work it into any plans he had.
We reached out Saturday, and Washburne told us that while he knew what he was going to do with the structure, he wasn’t ready to divulge.
But since we’ve taken a look at how architects and developers have reimagined old churches, abandoned malls, and mothballed schools, we thought, why not talk about what you can do with an old newspaper building.
Now, first things first. The building sits on what could be (depending on what goes on near the old Reunion Arena site and other spots nearby) quite the downtown hot spot. So whatever Washburne has up his very experienced sleeve will, of course, take that into consideration.
Today’s exercise, however, is just to take a peek at what fate has befallen other empty ink-stained environs across the country, and try to imagine what could be. (more…)