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The Republic is an American daily newspaper published in Columbus, Indiana. It is owned by AIM Media Indiana, a subsidiary of AIM Media.

The Republic
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)AIM Media Indiana
PublisherAIM Media Indiana
EditorTom Jekel
FoundedApril 4, 1872 (1872-04-04), as The Columbus Republican[1]
Headquarters2980 N. National Road, Suite A
Columbus, Indiana 47201, United States
Circulation21,500 daily in 2012[2]
Former Republic newspaper office

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



Isaac T. Brown 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 during some of the early years. The Browns converted their newspaper to daily publication November 12, 1877, under the name Daily 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 stayed in the Brown family until its owner at the time, Home News Enterprises, a partnership established by Brown family members in 1994, sold to AIM Media Indiana in November 2015.[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 officesEdit

The Republic
Republic offices in Columbus, December 2011
Location333 Second St., Columbus, Indiana
Coordinates39°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
Area2.13 acres (0.86 ha)
Built1971 (1971)
Built byDunlap & Company
ArchitectGoldsmith, Myron; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Architectural styleModern Movement, International Style
MPSModernism in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, and Art in Bartholomew County, 1942-1965 MPS
NRHP reference #12001015[7]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 16, 2012
Designated NHLOctober 16, 2012

The Republic newspaper plant and offices in Columbus were designed by architect Myron Goldsmith (1918-1996) and built in 1971. It is a steel frame and brick Modern 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] The building was featured throughout the 2017 film Columbus.

In 2018, Indiana University purchased the building to house their graduate architecture program.[9][10]


  1. ^ "About The Columbus Republican". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Freedom Sells Ind. Daily to Home News". NewsInc. via HighBeam Research. January 16, 2012. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2012. (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c "Mission & History". Archived from the original on March 18, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "About The Republic". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Company Overview". Brown County Democrat. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. 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.
  9. ^ "Indiana University purchases former Republic building to house master's program". School of Art, Architecture + Design. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  10. ^ "Dedication of the Republic Building". J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program. Retrieved 2019-02-21.

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