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The Baird Mansion, Gainesville, Fla
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
N 29° 38.924 W 082° 19.065
17R E 372455 N 3280588
Quick Description: Recognized for it's Victorian Style, French Second Empire,this style is uncommon in the southeastern United States.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:35:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM378X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member 50sumtin
Views: 13

Long Description:
The house was constructed in 1885 by Dudley and Melinza Williams. Dudley was a lumberman at the time and the quality of the woodwork throughout the house is a testimony to his profession. The house is known locally as the Baird Mansion, named for the family that owned and lived here for almost 70 years.During the period from the late 1960’s to 1990 the house was occupied by various groups including hippies and college students. It became a mecca for the east coast hippie movement in Gainesville in the late 1960’s
The Victorian Style of the house, uncommon in the southeastern United States is called French Second Empire. The style is characterized by the mansard roof and the tall frontal tower. The house retains its original red and green slate roof, which is another characteristic of the style. The home has a full three stories with a fourth level in the tower creating 5400 sq. feet of living space. The third floor has been remodeled as living space for the Montalto’s. This space was originally the site of many parties and ballroom dancing in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Another unique feature is the ten original fireplaces throughout the house. There is one in every room on the first and second floor.
Blue Plaque managing agency: City of Gainesville/Florida Dept of State

Physical Address:
309 S.E. Seventh Street
Gainesville, Fla USA
32601


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Individual Recognized: Not listed

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