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U.S. Post Office, Basement Plan-Heating & Wiring, Drawing No. H.W. 328
This blueprint, "Basement Plan-Heating & Wiring, Drawing No. H.W. 328," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
When the Gainesville Post Office began home mail delivery in 1903, it was necessary for the city to be platted and houses numbered. Jesse E. Burtz has been credited with getting that job done. Mr. Burtz operated a print shop ("Never Sleeps" was his motto), and he published Gainesville's first city directory in 1905.
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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