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U.S. Post Office, Roof Plan, Drawing No. 307
This blueprint, "Roof Plan, Drawing No. 307," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
The hipped roof, with sloping sides and ends, is constructed of clay tiles and is surrounded by ornate limestone scrollwork. Limestone was used for details and trim throughout the building because it is relatively soft and adapts well to that purpose. The drawing called for copper dormers and a copper roof over the entrance columns.
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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