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U.S. Post Office, West Elevation, Drawing No. 311
This blueprint, "West Elevation, Drawing No. 311," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
The walls of the building were constructed of yellow brick and trimmed with carved limestone and granite exterior details. When the work was completed, many people complained that the Federal government had overbuilt-they felt the building was too large and pretentious for such a small town as Gainesville.
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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