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Free Press Building - Photos

A raw industrial space located behind the lobby

The lobby along Lafayette Boulevard

This room along Lafayette and located off the lobby was originally a customer service area and later was a meeting room for staffers.

Detail of the original wooden entrance to the commercial space off Lafayette and Washington boulevards

A commercial space located at the corner of Lafayette and Washington boulevards

A commercial space located at the corner of Lafayette and Washington boulevards

The ceiling in the wood-paneled former meeting room off the lobby. Fluorescent lighting was drilled into the original plaster.

This room along Lafayette and located off the lobby was originally a customer service area and later was a meeting room for staffers.

This room along Lafayette and located off the lobby was originally a customer service area and later was a meeting room for staffers.

The ground floor is largely gutted.

The Press Galley restaurant, located off the lobby along Lafayette

The elevators in the main lobby

The former restaurant, the Press Galley

A typical hallway in the Free Press. Most all of them retain their marble wainscotting.

E.D. Stair's office in the tower still has its original grandeur.

Much of the building is empty - and sadly lacking its original historical opulence.

The Free Press newsroom.

The entrance on Lafayette Boulevard

The entrance on Lafayette Boulevard

Looking up the central tower

The beautiful entrance of the Free Press Building

The entrance on Lafayette Boulevard is lined with the work of Corrado Parducci.

The Free Press newsroom. The large sections where the floor is missing are where buckled wooden flooring has been removed.

The newsroom. Moisture and freeze-thaw cycles over the years have caused the wooden floor to buckle and form huge mounds.

This room off the lobby featured oil paintings, only a handful of which still remain.

Storefront located on the corner of Washington and Lafeyette boulevards

The lobby ceiling of the Free Press Building

This room located to the left of the main entrance was originally a customer service counter. Later, it was a meeting room for Free Press staffers.

The entrance on Lafayette Boulevard is lined with the work of Corrado Parducci.

The entrance on Lafayette Boulevard

The entrance on Lafayette Boulevard is lined with the work of Corrado Parducci.

The photography studio

The Free Press Building, as seen from the Lafayette Building

The lobby ceiling of the Free Press Building

The Free Press Building's lobby is short but impressive.

One of two matching paintings in the Free Press Building's lobby

Most of the office floors were heavily modernized over the years.

One of the advertising or circulation offices. Most of the floors were heavily modernized over the years.

One of the advertising or circulation offices. Most of the floors were heavily modernized over the years.

The rooftop of the Free Press Building, looking toward the Book-Cadillac Hotel.

A typical hallway in the Free Press. Most all of them retain their marble wainscotting.

This office is said to have belonged to E.M. Stair, the owner of the Free Press who had the building built.

One of the few offices that retains its original woodwork.

While the building was the home of the Free Press, a number of other businesses also had their offices in the tower.

The Free Press Building, as seen from the roof of the David Stott Building

The entrance on Lafayette Boulevard