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U.S. Post Office, Basement Plan, Drawing No. 303
This blueprint, "Basement Plan, Drawing No. 303," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
According to an article in "The Daily Sun" on December 15, 1908, Postmaster Louis C. Lynch had received the plans for the new building, consisting of 37 pages. The plans were complete in every detail, showing all the various views of the building, as it would look when completed, from the basement to the roof of the building. The article said that the basement "was assigned to the boiler and fuel room, storage rooms, carriers' quarters, etc."
After more than 50 years of service, a new Post Office was built. For several years demolition was a threat to the old building, but concerned citizens worked hard to save it. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and has been the home of the Hippodrome State Theater since 1980. It is one of the finest examples of the Beaux Arts Classical style in the State of Florida.
All of the Post Office blueprints are stamped "James Knox Taylor, Supervising Architect, Treasury Department." The building is located at 25 Southeast 2nd Place.
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