Historic Preservation

From 2011 through 2015, the University of Florida received grants from the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Florida Department of State to produce the First Colony Exhibit and rehabilitate Government House in phases including interior and exterior preservation. The rehabilitation work included the museum gallery, lobby, restrooms, research library, meeting rooms and academic spaces in addition to complete building systems upgrades. The work concluded in 2016, making the entire building accessible to people with disabilities for the first time in its 80-year history. Several historic building components were restored including the post office teller windows and original hard wood floors in the former mail sorting room that is now the museum gallery. In 2014, the University received additional grant funding for expanding the public restrooms at 40 St. George Street and including historic interpretive elements that add an educational component to the much-visited public space.

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