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Blueprints > U.S. Post Office, Gate in Passage to Mailing Platform; Method of Enclosing Stair to Basement, Drawing No. 394
U.S. Post Office, Gate in Passage to Mailing Platform; Method of Enclosing
Stair to Basement, Drawing No. 394
This blueprint, "Gate in Passage to Mailing Platform; Method of Enclosing Stair to Basement, Drawing No. 394," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
There is evidence of crime in the early years of Gainesville's Post Office. In 1915 a Gainesville letter carrier was arrested and charged with cashing a dead man's pension. And, 10 years later, Postmaster Louis C. Lynch warned that Federal officials might come to town to investigate the removal of post boxes on West University Avenue-the fine, if apprehended, was $1,000 or three years in a Federal penitentiary.
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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