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Thomas Center, Gainesville

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Thomas Center, formerly known as Hotel Thomas and Sunkist Villa, is an historic building in Gainesville, Florida, United States. It was built starting in 1910 in the Classical Revival style by noted Atlanta-based architect, William Augustus Edwards, designer of academic buildings at 12 institutions in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, including the original University of Florida campus, as well as a dozen or more county courthouses in those states plus other building and houses,
The building began as the private home of William Reuben Thomas, his wife Kathryn, and their five children, when it was known as Sunkist Villa. In 1928 Thomas more than doubled the size of the home and converted it to a hotel. On July 16, 1973, the building was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The Thomas Center celebrated its 100th anniversary on February 12, 2010.
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  • Definitely check out the schedule of concerts and other special events. Lovely location in the more established part of the city.  more »
  • Thomas Center is always worth a visit. It is a beautiful restored hotel now used mainly by the City of Gainesville. They have two small art galleries and at least one is always good. One of the art.....  more »
  • This is the place to go for permit's and code Gainesville and more I am sure. It is a old sprawled out buildings with interconnecting with court yards . There is a park area out front they sometimes have events . Nice seating area historical homes and Duck Pond area next to Thomas Center.
  • Went to the Gospel to Jazz Concert. It was great fun. I have attended several events at The Thomas Center. Always a good time. Yes. Great aciustics

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