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U.S. Post Office, Roof Framing Plan, Drawing No. 326
This blueprint, "Roof Framing Plan, Drawing No. 326," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
When home mail delivery began in Gainesville in 1904, mail boxes, and the posts to support them, were supplied to the homeowners by the government. Rural delivery took a bit longer-it was announced in July 1908 that mail would be delivered to Paradise and Rocky Point. Two weeks later the Postmaster announced two new routes, from Gainesville to Atlas, Monteocha, and back by Stringfellow's Still.
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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