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Municipal Building - Newberry Historic District - Newberry, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 29° 38.779 W 082° 36.729
17R E 343952 N 3280681
Quick Description: The Municipal Building is part of the City Hall complex in Newberry, Florida. A sign on the building identifies it as a contributing member in the Newberry Historic District.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 7/8/2011 11:56:36 AM
Waymark Code: WMBZMW
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 1

Long Description:

"Newberry Municipal Building
25440 W. Newberry Rd.
This public building completed in 1938, was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project designed by Gainesville architect Sanford Goin. To comply with WPA guidelines, relatively inexpensive local materials (pine and limestone) were used, unemployed workers were hired as laborers and the building was used to serve a social purpose."

-- Source


An historical marker in front of the municipal building reads:

"City of Newberry Historic District

The discovery of hard rock phosphate in Alachua County in 1889 sparked the appearance of boom towns wherever large deposits of the mineral were found. Incorporated in 1894, Newberry thrived until 1914 when the onset of World War I forced the mines to close. The mines did not reopen after the war, causing the economy of the town to collapse and forcing many residents to leave. The buildings in Newberry's historic district reflect the boom town atmosphere of small mining communities founded in Florida at end of the 19th century. The district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987."

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Newberry Historic District

Link to page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): [Web Link]

25440 W. Newberry Rd. Newberry, Florida 32669

How did you determine the building to be a contributing structure?: Plaque on building (Photo in gallery)

Optional link to narrative or database: Not listed

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