The Republic (Columbus, Indiana)

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The Republic
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Home News Enterprises
Editor Tom Jekel
Founded April 4, 1872 (1872-04-04), as The Columbus Republican[1]
Headquarters 333 Second Street,
Columbus, Indiana 47201, United States
Circulation 21,500 daily in 2012[2]
ISSN 1086-0649

The Republic is an American daily newspaper published in Columbus, Indiana. It is owned by Home News Enterprises.

It covers the city of Columbus and several nearby communities in Bartholomew and Jennings counties.


The parent company's current president, Jeffrey N. Brown, is the great-grandson of Isaac T. Brown, who founded The Columbus Republican, a weekly newspaper, in 1872. The first issue was published on Thursday, April 4, 1872. Isaac's father, Isaac M. Brown, served as the newspaper's editor. The Browns converted their newspaper to daily publication November 12, 1877, under the name Columbus Evening Republican.[3] The newspaper's name was shortened to The Republic in January 1967.[4]

Isaac T. Brown died in 1917, leaving his son Raymond Brown in sole control of the newspaper. It has stayed in the Brown family ever since; its current owner Home News Enterprises is a partnership established by Brown family members in 1994.[3]

Over the past 50 years, The Republic has become the flagship newspaper of a chain of dailies and weeklies in Indiana, including several that adjoin The Republic's coverage area. Robert N. Brown, Raymond's son, in 1963 founded the Daily Journal in Johnson County, which borders Bartholomew County to the north.[3] The company expanded its footprint in the Columbus area twice more in the 21st century, purchasing the weekly Brown County Democrat in 2002,[5] and The Tribune daily in Jackson County (immediately south of Bartholomew County) in 2012.[6]

Newspaper plant and offices[edit]

The Republic
Republic offices in Columbus, building and trees.jpg
Republic offices in Columbus, December 2011
The Republic (Columbus, Indiana) is located in Bartholomew County, Indiana
The Republic (Columbus, Indiana)
The Republic (Columbus, Indiana) is located in Indiana
The Republic (Columbus, Indiana)
The Republic (Columbus, Indiana) is located in the US
The Republic (Columbus, Indiana)
Location 333 Second St., Columbus, Indiana
Coordinates 39°12′00″N 85°55′18″W / 39.20000°N 85.92167°W / 39.20000; -85.92167Coordinates: 39°12′00″N 85°55′18″W / 39.20000°N 85.92167°W / 39.20000; -85.92167
Area 2.13 acres (0.86 ha)
Built 1971 (1971)
Built by Dunlap & Company
Architect Goldsmith, Myron; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Architectural style Modern Movement, International Style
MPS Modernism in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, and Art in Bartholomew County, 1942-1965 MPS
NRHP Reference # 12001015[7]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 16, 2012
Designated NHL October 16, 2012

The Republic newspaper plant and offices in Columbus was designed by noted architect Myron Goldsmith (1918-1996) and built in 1971. It is a steel frame and brick Modern Movement style building with a glass and white aluminum curtain wall with some aluminum panels. The rectangular, one-story building measures 248 feet by 93 feet, sits on a low concrete foundation, and has a flat roof.[8]:4–6

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark in 2012.[7]


  1. ^ "About The Columbus Republican". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Freedom Sells Ind. Daily to Home News". NewsInc. via HighBeam Research. January 16, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c "Mission & History". Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "About The Republic". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Company Overview". Brown County Democrat. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "HNE Purchases Seymour Tribune". Hoosier State Press Association. January 12, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 10/22/12 through 10/27/12. National Park Service. 2012-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2015-07-01.  Note: This includes Lois Joyner and Laura Thayer (June 2011). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: The Republic" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-01.  and Accompanying photographs.

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