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U.S. Post Office, Truss & Column Details, Drawing No. 327
This blueprint, "Truss & Column Details, Drawing No. 327," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
Louis Charles Lynch was the Postmaster for Gainesville from 1907 to 1915 and from 1921 to 1931. He probably walked home for his lunch, which was the custom in those more-leisurely days. Lynch lived only a few blocks away, at 414 South Main Street. His home was surrounded by a beautiful garden of oaks, azaleas, and camellias. His wife, Mary Beville Lynch, died in 1966 and deeded the property, which had originally belonged to her parents, to the city of Gainesville. The home was later demolished by the city, but the gardens remain and are now known as Lynch Park.
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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