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Main Street South-1920
This photograph shows the south end of East Main Street (now Southeast 1st Street) in the early part of the 20th Century. In the distance is the U.S. Post Office and on the right (the west side of the street) are the Lyric Theater and the Gainesville Fire House. Gainesville was proud when its new Federal Courthouse and Post Office was finished in 1911. The structure, which boasted giant columns with an orange blossom motif at the capitals, was built solid. Even the roof was poured concrete. It was two years in construction and stands solid today. Santa Fe Junior College classes were held in this building while their campus near I-75 was being built, and it has been the home of the Hippodrome State Theater since the summer of 1980. The Lyric Theater opened in March 1913 with a production called "Queen Elizabeth," starring Sarah Bernhardt. According to the "Gainesville Daily Sun," the production came in four reels and the program was "supplemented by Pathe's Weekly, a film of 1,000 feet, and every foot interesting." The Fire House structure was built in 1903 and was home for both the Fire House and the Gainesville Council Chamber. The fire station was located on the southwest corner of present-day Southeast 1st Street and 2nd Avenue; it was demolished when South 2nd Avenue was widened from two lanes to four lanes. This postcard, dated April 20, 1920, was copied with the permission of Archie L. Jackson.
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