State St., East, 97 – 1962-2008, Rockford news tower, Gannett

Rockford news tower, Gannett, 97 East State St.

Source: 1962 – 2008 Polk’s Rockford City Directories


** using 99 East State St. as address

***Rockford newspapers were in this location earlier than 1962; library staff was doing research and these were the relevant years.


Northwestern Lines, 2017, No. 1 – “The C and NW in Rockford, Illinois”

Source:  Northwestern Lines magazine; the Official Publication of the Chicago and North Western Historical Society; 2017, No. 1

The cover photo, attributed to Jerry Pyfer, taken on May 6, 1988. shows a Chicago and North Western passenger train on No. Madison St. on the Kenosha Division (KD) Line.  The Prairie St. Brewhouse Building and the Rockford News Tower can be seen at photo top, center.   This is the first of three issues featuring C & NW in Rockford.


Rockford News Tower – Barloga, original and altered design

news tower 1

The original design and height of the news tower is shown in the top design, and the height of the lower, more horizontal section, which was in Rockford Daily Republic newspaper, Oct 1, 1929.  Architect:  Jesse A Barloga, Construction by Security Building Corp., Inc.

The Great Depression created a need to lower costs.  The modified design appeared in the Rockford Register-Republic April 14, 1931. (Below)

newstower 2



Glenview Rd., 2014 – Jesse A. Barloga, architect

Glenview, 2914

Source: Marty Mangas, circa 1970

2014 Glenview Rd., architect Jesse A. Barloga, built 1939,  Commission #407, Commissioned by James W. Rogers.

Glenview, 2014

Source: Rockford Morning Star Oct. 5, 1932

  • Greenview is a mistake. The house was on Glenview

Glenview, 2014 - 2.1

Source: Jeff Aulik photograph, 2016



Barloga, Jesse – Rockford News Tower

Barloga - News Tower

Rockford News Tower, now Rockford Register Star, 99 East State St. (immediately next to Rock River)

Architect: Jesse Barloga

Photographer: Marty Mangas, photo ca. 1965 – 1970

Source: Photo loaned by Marty Mangas, Historian, photographer and Barloga fan

Barloga, Jesse A.

(Viola H) architect 222 Rfd News Tower h1220 National Ave    Source: 1937 Rockford City Directory

architect degree, University of Illinois 1911
married Viola Hodgson 1915, artist, interior decorator
Rockford career as architect 1913-1947
WWI-Camp Grant construction
designed Rockford Register Star news tower
designed Childrens Home (now Pioneer Building )
Harold Bartelt home 1945ish
his home, 1324 Brown Hills Rd.
photo page 3 of 1324 Brown Hills Rd house

photo 1922 Clinton St. house p5
photo 1837 Harlem Blvd. house p5

Source: Nuggets of History December 2001