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U.S. Post Office, Second Floor Framing Plan, Drawing No. 323
This blueprint, "Second Floor Framing Plan, Drawing No. 323," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
Records show that Mr. Benjamin Franklin Hampton and his business partner, Mr. James M. Graham, sold the land to the Federal Government for the new Post Office for $1.00 in 1903. Mr. Graham had come to Gainesville in 1888 and established the First National Bank. Mr. Hampton's family had come to Gainesville before the Civil War, and he was a large property holder with extensive business interests.
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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