Transcript Building and Block

The Transcript Building and Block at 172-174 High and 176 High Street housed the newspaper called the Holyoke Transcript and Telegraph. The Holyoke Transcript started in 1854 and became a daily in 1882.

The Dwight family is the main group that ran the Holyoke Transcript for years. See their FAMILY.

The Block started in 1869 in the Italianate style. Below is their 1869 ad.

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The Holyoke Telegraph existed on its own from 1915 to 1925. It was located near the Depot Square area. The merger meant more work space was needed so the Transcript Building was made in 1925. This Building might almost be called an Art Deco building.

In 1915 another tenant was the City Directory Office of which I do much of my research.

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Before the Transcript Building was made there was another building there that housed the Smith Fish Store. That block at 172 High is unknown at this time. Between that block and the Transcript there was the Bateson Building at 176 and 178 High.

Sanborn map analysis:

Sanborn 1884 map

Sanborn 1889 map

Sanborn 1895 map

Sanborn 1915 map shows the Wedge and Ward was now part of the Transcript.

Sanborn 1949 map

Sanborn 1956 map shows that the addition was constructed in 1929 and that there is a radio studio inside the southernmost building

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