Our role model, John DeFerrari wrote an incredible post on the building’s history, and you need to head over there to check it out.
Frank Munsey was a Gilded Age capitalist—robber baron, if you will—who had a major influence on the publishing business at the beginning of the twentieth century. He is credited with perfecting printing processes that could use extremely low-quality “pulp” paper to produce periodicals that were both dirt-cheap and filled with enough racy fare to be widely popular. Thus was born the era of pulp fiction. Munsey went on to buy, sell, and merge many newspapers throughout the country, often for his own profit but at the expense of the publication’s very existence.
Head over to his Streets of Washington blog to read the full story. And, if you haven’t seen his site before, you’re in for a treat. John’s blog and books have served as a huge inspiration for this site.