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    U. S. Post Office, Sketch U. S. Post Office, Sketch "Cheneau", Drawing No. 380
This blueprint, "Sketch "Cheneau", Drawing No. 380," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
A "cheneau," is defined in the "Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture," as "a gutter at the eves of a building, especially one that is ornamented." Gainesville's new Post Office was certainly ornamented, with a clay tile roof, continuous copper gutters and copper dormers, and ornate limestone scrollwork.
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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