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U.S. Post Office, Details of Court Room, Lobby, Etc., Drawing No. 319
This blueprint, "Details of Court Room, Lobby, Etc., Drawing No. 319," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
Although there is evidence that mail was received in Gainesville earlier than 1856, which was the year of the first appointed Postmaster in Gainesville, William H. Beekman. Apparently a different person was appointed each year until the Civil War began, when service was interrupted for several years. The Court Room featured beautiful wood pilasters, leather-covered doors, bronze grillwork, and double-hung windows (which helped air to circulate during those days with no air conditioning).
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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