Conversion to: First Home Savings & United States Post Office
The original structure was built and owned by the Gainesville Public School District. Many building additions and changes in architectural styles occurred during its long history. The site is at one of the town’s highest elevations and can be seen for many miles away.
The district did not have sufficient funds over the years to properly maintain and update code compliance of this structure. A few years ago, a bond issue was passed to build a new school; hence they decided to auction this parcel. First Home Savings Bank purchased the property to open a new branch bank. The question immediately was posed by the owner, whether to tear it down or renovate? The original gym was not used for the bank facility and
consequently became the home of a branch of the United States Postal Service.
Sapp Design Associates’ experience and appreciation of historic architecture lead us to convince the Client to retain a major landmark of the community’s heritage. The design solution involved the removal of the building additions back to the original limestone structure. The existing shell was updated to accommodate mixed-use commercial tenants. An addition was added to house the new bank facility.