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U.S. Post Office, Diagram of Lock Boxes, Drawing No. 372
This blueprint, "Diagram of Lock Boxes, Drawing No. 372," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
Louis Charles Lynch was the Gainesville Postmaster from 1907 to 1931, with the exception of seven years, from 1914 to 1921. Following is a part of the article that appeared in the "Gainesville Daily Sun" when Lynch died in 1931: "Although beyond the draft age and a man of family, the deceased enlisted for military service during the World War and from November 13, 1917, to May 20, 1919, served his country in France as a lieutenant in the engineering corps…[he] proudly gave to his country his only child, Haisley, who made the supreme sacrifice on the battle front at Cote d'Chatillon, October 17, 1918, as a member of the famous Rainbow Division."
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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