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U.S. Post Office, First Floor Framing Plan, Drawing No. 322
This blueprint, titled "First Floor Framing Plan, Drawing No. 322," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
Riveted-steel frame construction was used in the construction of the Post Office, and we can be sure that citizens enjoyed watching as the project went on for almost three years. A photograph of the steel skeleton was taken in May 1909, and it was printed in the May 2, 1954, "Gainesville Daily Sun." That was a special edition of the newspaper that celebrated Gainesville's Centennial (1854-1954).
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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