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U.S. Post Office, Third Floor Framing Plan, Drawing No. 324
This blueprint, "Third Floor Framing Plan, Drawing No. 324," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
In an article in the "Gainesville Daily Sun" in 1954, it was noted that one of the most reliable methods for assessing a city's growth and economic stability is by the study of its postal receipts. The article said that Postmaster Jess G. Davis reported Gainesville's receipts had increased six-fold between 1923 ($53,761) and 1953 ($330,566). Davis served as Postmaster from 1939 until he retired in 1961-22 years.
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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