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Blueprints > U.S. Post Office, Revised Elevation & Section for Second & Third Floors, Drawing No. 335
U.S. post office, revised elevation & section for second third floors, drawing no. 335
This blueprint, "Revised Elevation & Section for Second & Third Floors, Drawing No. 335," was drawn for the construction, between May 1908 and March 1911, of the U. S. Post Office in Gainesville.
In 1912, "Parcel Post" was introduced to Gainesville's citizens. It was a welcome program-the cost to send packages was much cheaper than the older, "express" service. Col. Fred Hoisington was the first person to send a package from the Gainesville office by Parcel Post, and the event made the front page of the "Gainesville Daily Sun."
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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