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U.S. Post Office, Detail of Stairs & Elevator, Drawing No. 320
This blueprint, "Detail of Stairs & Elevator, Drawing No. 320," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
A photographic post card of the Post Office was made shortly after the completion of the building in 1911. There were several persons standing on the steps of the building, and reportedly one of them was Mr. Jim Smith, who worked for many years as the elevator operator. Mr. Smith retired around 1953 or 1954, indicating he ran the elevator for 40 years or more. It is still in working order and is used regularly by theater patrons.
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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