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U.S. Post Office, Ceiling Framing Plan, Drawing No. 325
This blueprint, "Ceiling Framing Plan, Drawing No. 325," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
In the early years of postal service there was no home delivery-everyone visited the post office to pick up mail. In 1903 there was a growing demand in Gainesville for free home delivery. In January of that year a Federal inspector visited Gainesville to see if streets, sidewalks, and streetlights were adequate for the work. Eight applicants took the Civil Service exam in October, three were employed by the end of the year, and home delivery began in February 1904. Surely Gainesville's citizens felt their town was becoming a modern city.
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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