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U.S. Post Office, Transverse Section, Drawing No. 313
This blueprint, "Transverse Section, Drawing No. 313," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
Not much is known about Gainesville's postal service in the early years of the town. But in a 1954 article in the "Gainesville Daily Sun," Postmaster Jess Davis said that mail was being received in 1854 when Gainesville became the new county seat for Alachua County. Davis served as Postmaster from 1939 until 1961, and he wrote and published histories of Gainesville and Alachua County.
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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