Dixie Hotel / Hotel Kelley / Seagle Building
408 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL
Also known as John F. Seagle Building it was built in the 1920s. The Seagle Building has many areas of significance. It is a Gainesville landmark, by virtue of its height and location, 45 years of public ownership, and as Gainesville’s most ambitious commercial building project of the Florida Land Boom era. It is Gainesville’s best illustration of the economics of the Florida Land Boom and the WPA period. The Seagle Building is significant for its association with’ two nationally recognized architects, J. Lloyd Preacher and Rudolph Weaver. It is Gainesville’s best expression of a type and method of construction that came into widespread use at the time it was built, namely reinforced concrete frame with masonry curtain wall. It remains a distinct and significant entity as an eleven story building within a context of one, two, and three story structures. Due to existence of complete architectural, engineering, and shop drawings, the building is likely to yield information important to the history of building technology.
The Seagle Building is a National Registry of Historic Places.