Roosevelt Square

Large group at Roosevelt Square

Roosevelt Square was named for President Franklin D. Roosevelt who visited Gainesville on April 9, 1936 and pledged support to rebuild downtown just three days after a deadly tornado ripped through the downtown square.

A new "Civic Center" was designed and built by the Public Works Administration. It included the Federal Building on one block; a County Courthouse on the next block; and a City Hall on the next block.* President Roosevelt returned in March 1938 to dedicate the new "Civic Center;" and the "Roosevelt Memorial Monument" was unveiled before the many thousands that attended.

*Norton, W. L. (2001). Chapter III/The Great Tornado. In Historic Gainesville & Hall County: An Illustrated History (pp. 60–61). Historical Pub. Network.

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