National Register of Historic Places in Fresno County

National Register #79000474: Fresno Republican Printery Building, California 25 June 2006
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National Register #79000474
Fresno Republican Printery Building
2120 North Kern Street
Built 1919

Charles Butner and Edward Glass designed this brick building for the printing division of the Fresno Morning Republican newspaper.

Architecturally, The Fresno Republican Printery Building is a sophisticated interpretation of the mezzo-mediterranean styles which evolved during California's regional and rather eclectic architectural revival era (1915-1930). Glass and Butner's decidedly refined and personalized transcription of classically defined details, fused with less strict revival forms, produced an elegantly symmetrical commercial facade, which continues to grace the downtown community with its quiet dignity.

The rare survival of this building, with its original appearance and function almost entirely intact, has not come about by accident. The historical owners, William Gamy and Elaine Gamy Barber, have repeatedly avoided selling this remarkable property to insensitive developers, whose interests have generally embraced demolition for expansion of commercial parking ventures.

Butner also designed the Physicians Building and the Twining Laboratories Building. Both are listed on the National Register.

Adapted from the NRHP Nomination dated in December 1978.

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