The Larchmont Chronicle is on the move.
“We are in our new headquarters on the ground floor of the Leimert building at 606 N. Larchmont Blvd.,” said publisher John H. Welborne.
It is the fourth move for the 52-year-old community newspaper that began in the den of Dawne Goodwin’s home on Poinsettia Place.
In 1963, when co-founders Goodwin and Jane Gilman started their venture, very little local news coverage was coming from the Hollywood Citizen News or the Wilshire Press.
A year after publishing their first issue, Goodwin and Gilman signed a lease at 410 N. Larchmont Blvd. In its first 12 months, the Chronicle had doubled pages from 12 to 24.
“410 N. Larchmont was the office where we planted a six-foot Ficus tree (now 50 feet tall), and where we had a three-section collapsible flagpole that we had to store each evening,” recalls Gilman.
The Chronicle staff then doubled with the hiring of an office manager and a salesperson.
When larger offices were available at 418 N. Larchmont, the newspaper set up shop there.
After Goodwin and Gilman purchased the 1912 Craftsman style bungalow at 540 N. Larchmont and rented it out for a number of years, the owners decided to move in. “We were tired of trying to collect rent for the building, which still was used as a residence,” said Gilman, “so we relocated our own offices to the house, complete with a glass brick-tiled bathroom.”
That building was purchased in October of last year by the publisher of Flood magazine, who also owns entertainment marketing agency, Anthemic.
Today, the venerable Larchmont Chronicle is doing business as usual in its new ground floor offices in the four-story building at the northeast corner of Larchmont and Clinton.