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The girls' dormitory for the East Florida Seminary was purchased by Maj. W. R. Thomas when the newly-created University of Florida absorbed EFS, and converted it into this very fashionable hotel, the White House. The White House had 50 guest rooms, 35 with private baths, and a dining room which could accommodate nearly 200 guests. Originally the room rate was $2 per night. Authorities are not sure of the exact date that the original White House was built, but it was closed and demolished in 1962. The Hotel was located in the block bordered by present-day North Main Street and Northeast 1st Street, 4th Avenue, and 5th Avenue. This photograph is taken from an undated postcard that says "Exact reproduction of Coloring of Lobby, The White House, Gainesville Fla."
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