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County Courthouse,1884-1961-Prize Winning Photograph
1884-1961 - Prize Winning Photograph
This view of the second Alachua County Courthouse built in Gainesville was taken by William Davenport, a Gainesville photographer. The photograph won a prize at the Colonial & Indian Exhibition in London in 1886, where it was exhibited "Under Royal Patronage." The Exhibition, which ran from May to November in South Kensington, London, was a world's fair, an international exposition that featured exhibits dealing with commerce, industry, and science—the first world's fair, the Great Exhibition, was held in London in 1851. The stated objective of the 1886 Exhibition was "to give to the inhabitants of the British Isles, to foreigners and to one another, practical demonstration of the wealth and industrial development of the outlying portions of the British Empire." We doubt that Mr. Davenport considered Alachua County an "outlying portion of the British Empire," but he still entered his photograph and won the prize.
Soon after this view was taken the roof, which was leaking, was changed to the more familiar straight-line gables.
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