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U.S. Post Office, Proposed Arrangement of Drops in Bay-G, Drawing No. 393
This blueprint, "Proposed Arrangement of Drops in Bay-G, Drawing No. 393," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
Louis Charles Lynch, Gainesville's Postmaster from 1907 to 1915 and from 1921 to 1931, fought in World War I, along with his son, Haisley. Haisley died in combat in Europe and was brought home for burial in Evergreen Cemetery. When Louis died in 1931 he was buried next to his son's grave. The Gainesville Sun said, "The man and the boy, [who] so proudly went forth to carry arms for the country that now cherishes the ideals for which they fought, will rest beneath the same Florida sunshine amid the music of the same feathered songbirds."
After more than 50 years 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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