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U.S. Post Office, Third Floor Plan-Heating and Wiring, Drawing No. H.W. 331
This blueprint, "Third Floor Plan-Heating and Wiring, Drawing No. H.W. 331," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
The third floor was the home of the U. S. Land Office. The importance of the Land Office to the local citizens can be seen in the following quotation from the "Gainesville Daily Sun," on February 5, 1908: "The fact that the Government land in the Southern States is fast being taken up, through the homestead and timber and stone purchase process, has caused the officials of the General Land Office to take extra precautions that the interests of the country are properly protected, and it is for the purpose of more closely looking after those lands that are still open that this new division was created."
After more than 50 years 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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