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U.S. Post Office, South Elevation, Drawing No. 310
This blueprint, "South Elevation, Drawing No. 310," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
At the time of construction, Louis Charles Lynch was the postmaster. Born in 1867 in Baltimore, Mr. Lynch was trained and worked as a pharmacist in St. Louis, St. Petersburg, and Dade City. A career switch to the U. S. Land Office brought him to Gainesville in 1890, and in 1907 he was appointed Postmaster. He died on November 2, 1931, and is buried in Gainesville's Evergreen Cemetery.
After more than 50 years of 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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