HISTORY 11 CROWN STREET
RJ’s move stirs memories of 11 Crown St. Editor’s note: This is reprinted from the October 15, 2015 issue of the Record-Journal. By Molly Callahan Record-Journal staff
general neighborhood for the previous 38 years,” as well, he added.
The Record-Journal newspaper, in all its various iterations, hasn’t moved from its Crown Street home in 110 years. That changed recently, but its history won’t.
In those 110 years, the newspaper building was host to visits from dignitaries like President Harry Truman — who, legend has it, stopped in to use the restroom while on a visit to stump for the Democratic ticket in 1952 — and Janet Leigh, who stopped in during her stay in Meriden as part of the Janet Leigh Film Festival in 2002.
“The Record-Journal has been published from 11 Crown St. for 110 years, since 1905,” RJ Publisher Eliot C. White said, though the paper, in some form, has been in existence for 150 years. “It was located in the same
Leigh, born Jeanette Helen Morrison, is a
Golden Globe-winning actress best known for her role in the American horror film “Psycho.” Numerous other politicians have also passed through the Crown Street office in the past century as well. Former U.S. Sen. Francis T. Maloney, after whom the east side high school is named, worked as a reporter in the building from 1914 to 1921, except for the year between 1917-18, when he served in the U.S. Navy.
Former Record -Journal building at 11 Crown Street in Meriden.
“We had five building expansions since 1955 with major investments in downtown Meriden” — Eliot C. White