Washington Post Sells Historic Headquarters for $159 Million

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Nov. 28 2013 10:21 AM

Washington Post Sells Historic Headquarters for $159 Million

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The headquarters of the Washington Post is seen in downtown Washington, D.C.

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A real estate investment company is buying the longtime headquarters of the Washington Post on 1150 15th St. NW in Washington, D.C. for $159 million. Yes, for those keeping track at home that amounts to $91 million less than what Amazon boss Jeff Bezos paid for the newspaper and its other print properties. The Washington Post Co., which will be changing its name to Graham Holdings Co. this week, reached an agreement to sell the building and its adjacent land to Carr Properties in a deal that is scheduled to close in March, reports Bloomberg.

The newspaper will lease its newsroom from the building’s new owners while it proceeds with the search for a new headquarters, notes Reuters. The Graham Holdings, which owns several businesses—including Kaplan education services, several television stations and the Slate Group, among others—will officially begin to use its new name and stock symbol on Friday.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.