The Dallas Morning News is moving to downtown from its longtime headquarters across town -- and taking its iconic "Rock of Truth" with it.
Morning News publisher A.H. Belo on Jan. 2 signed a 16-year lease to move into a newly renovated, and much smaller, space in what used to be the Dallas Central Public Library. Last summer, Belo had indicated it would make the move to a place that would allow them to create from scratch a digitally focused newsroom while saving about $1 million in annual expenses associated with its two present buildings.
The main headquarters, built in 1949, is notable for the "Rock of Truth," which cuts out over the main entrance and is carved with the newspaper's free press credo: "Build the news upon the rock of truth and righteousness. Conduct it always upon the lines of fairness and integrity. Acknowledge the right of the people to get from the newspaper both sides of every important question."
The plan now is to take the Rock of Truth to the newspaper's new location, A.H. Belo CFO Katy Murray said in a Morning News story on the move by Karen Robinson-Jacobs, its hospitality/leisure industry reporter.
"We're looking at how to incorporate the Rock of Truth into the new facility," Murray said. "We know it can be taken off, but it is three stories. Over the next six months, we'll be finalizing those plans. The Rock of Truth in some form will be coming with us."
Employees will begin moving to the new headquarters in late spring. In April, A.H. Belo will hold a ceremony at the new space marking 175 years since the company began operating newspapers.