In 1972 when a rezoning request went before the city’s planning board to raze the hotel, the neighborhood residents began a resistance movement. The site was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1973 and was purchased by the City of Gainesville in 1974. The original house was restored and designated as a cultural center.
This nearly one-hundred-year-old building is the setting for two magnificent art galleries, three period rooms and numerous historical exhibits. Its meeting rooms and performance spaces have become sought-after venues for weddings, conferences, and social events. The Thomas Center provides a versatile space which contributes to the cultural, civic and social life of Gainesville.
We offer several tour packages that can be tailored to fit the needs and interests of any group. Possible options available: a tour through the Thomas Center and its lush gardens with a knowledgeable guide in authentic 1920s attire; a walk through the Thomas Center Galleries; a luncheon or picnic; a look at neighborhoods comprised of period architecture; tours of historic homes; and more.
306 NE 6th Ave., Gainesville, FL, 32602