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Gainesville in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Griffin/Floyd Hall

University of Florida

 
 
Griffin/Floyd Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
1. Griffin/Floyd Hall Marker
Inscription.  

Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. (1910-1990), legendary citrus pioneer, rancher, and Florida businessman, was born in Polk County and grew up in Frostproof, Florida. He studied agriculture at the University of Florida but withdrew in 1933 to take over a 10-acre citrus grove that he received as a wedding gift from his father. From this small beginning, Griffin built an empire that included citrus, cattle, and forest lands. He was a major businessman and was active in the public life of Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. Throughout his life he was a generous supporter of the University and its mission.

Wilbur L. Floyd was a member of the first faculty of the University of Florida. He received the first M.S. degree awarded by the University. He taught biology, botany, physics, and horticulture and served as assistant dean of the College of Agriculture (1915-1933).

This building was constructed in 1912 at the cost of $41,458. The architect was William A. Edwards. For many years it was the administration and classroom building for the College of Agriculture. The restored building
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was dedicated on September 12, 1992. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 1992 by University of Florida.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureEducation.
 
Location. 29° 39.013′ N, 82° 20.623′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on Newell Drive, 0.1 miles north of Union Road, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located within the University of Florida Campus. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 Newell Drive, Gainesville FL 32611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Krishna Lunch (a few steps from this marker); Leigh Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); POW/MIA Freedom Tree (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); University of Florida (about 300 feet away); University Auditorium (about 300 feet away); Manning J. Dauer, Jr. (about 400 feet away); Latin American Studies (about 400 feet away); Turlington Rock, 1984 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
 
Griffin/Floyd Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
2. Griffin/Floyd Hall Marker
Floyd Hall National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
3. Floyd Hall National Register of Historic Places Plaque
Griffin–Floyd Hall 1992 Restoration Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
4. Griffin–Floyd Hall 1992 Restoration Tablet
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 7, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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