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& East Sides, with Yellow Car
House Hotel, South & East Sides, with Yellow Car
The White House Hotel was originally built as the girls’ dormitory for the East Florida Seminary. The Seminary was absorbed by the University of Florida when the University was founded in 1905-1906, and Maj. W. R. Thomas acquired the dormitory which he converted into a fashionable hotel. This view shows the south and east sides of the White House; visible also are the islands that still run down the center of Northeast 1st Street. Authorities are not sure of the exact date that the 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, Northeast 1st Street, 4th Avenue, and 5th Avenue. This undated postcard was copied with the permission of Archie L. Jackson. The citation on the back says "THE WHITE HOUSE HOTEL John G. Martin--Mgr. Gainesville Florida. One of the South's Oldest and most distintive hotels. Noted for its famous White House Dining Room and its truly Southern hospitality. Steam heated and sprinkler equipped for your comfort and protection. Located in the center of a pleasant residential district yet conveniently close to Gainesville's Business Center."
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