Fresno’s architectural gem: the Fresno Bee Building

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Fresno’s title for oldest building goes not to a residence but a place where news has been made for over a century: the Fresno Bee Building. It’s located at Van Ness Avenue and Calaveras Street in downtown. Erected in 1888, this red-brick structure with its Italianate details served as headquarters for the Fresno Bee, the city’s first and oldest newspaper. Editorial offices hummed upstairs while printing presses clattered below.

After serving the Bee for decades, it transitioned to various uses. Today, the Fresno Bee Building, a designated local historic landmark, stands as a symbol of Fresno’s history and journalism legacy.

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