The Historic Thomas Center
Considered Gainesville's cultural center, the Thomas Center is housed in a beautifully restored Mediterranean Revival-style hotel. The Thomas Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and contains art galleries, 1920's period rooms, local history exhibits, performance space, banquet rooms, and meeting rooms. The Thomas Center is surrounded by the lovely Thomas Center Gardens and the Grace and Sidney Knight Children's Theatre. The center is the site of a variety of art exhibits and musical programs. The Thomas Center is located at 302 NE 6th Ave.

Thomas Center West Lawn

The Spanish Court is the central room which rises two stories to a full skylight. It is surrounded by a colonnade and second story Mezzanine area. The Long Gallery adjoins the Spanish Court with five sets of double doors on the south wall. This long room is fully paneled in walnut, has two fireplaces and carpeting. The Thomas Center has three meeting rooms available. The Sam Gowan History Room, Room 102, off the northeast corner of the Spanish Court contains a conference table that seats twelve people. The Lucille Maloney Room, room 105, contains a conference table that seats sixteen people. Gallery A is located in the lower level and seats forty people. Thomas Center Rental Information

Thomas Center Location Map

Thomas Center Brochure

Want to be a part of the Historic Thomas Center?
Consider joining the Thomas Center Associates. The mission of this support organization is to support for the Thomas Center for the Arts in both education and beautification.  Of particular interest are restorations of the Period Rooms, interpretive programs and guided tours for Alachua County third grade students, the Spring Promenade tour of historic homes, the Jingle Bell Ball and other Yuletide activities, as well as on-going landscaping of the gardens.

Visit the their website for more information.


The Thomas Center History and Tours
Nestled in the heart of Gainesville, Florida, the Thomas Center is the perfect spot for a visit at any time of the year. The idyllic climate and beautiful surroundings make a visit to our facility and the surrounding community a splendid place to spend an afternoon, a day or an extended stay. More Information. . .

Tench Building Artist Studios
The Division manages this facility in the downtown area to accommodate six local artists' studio spaces and the Sweetwater Print Cooperative at nominal monthly rental fees. The studios host several open houses throughout the year. The Tench Building is located at 115 S. Main Street. For more information or to submit rental applications, please contact Erica Chatman, CMP, at (352) 393-8539 or


Bo Diddley Plaza
The beautiful Bo Diddley Community Plaza is located at 111 E. University Avenue on the corner of SE 1st Street and E. University Avenue in the heart of Historic Gainesville. It is available for concerts, festivals, church gatherings and more throughout the year; offering a covered stage as well as a picnic and park area. It was renamed in 2008, after the death of a local treasure - legendary rock & roll singer, guitarist and songwriter, Bo Diddley.

After one year of construction, the newly-renovated Bo Diddley Plaza will open to the public Tuesday, March 1. The Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, March 10 at 9 a.m. at the plaza.

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For alternative site rental information, rules and regulations, please contact Nigell Hamm , CRA at (352) 393-8202 or


Evergreen Cemetery
"This Wondrous Place" is located at 401 SE 21st Avenue, Gainesville, Florida. Evergreen Cemetery was established in 1856. The City of Gainesville assumed ownership in 1944 and it remains the only municipal cemetery in Gainesville. This historic site also functions as an outdoor museum with stories of local historic developmental importance unfolding at every turn. In addition to the thousands of people to come to Evergreen to attend funerals, the cemetery also attracts visitors with interests in genealogy, tombstone art, photography and native plant material. More information. . .


Wilhelmina Johnson Resource Center
Through dance and neighborhood programs, this newly renovated community center serves as a resource for arts and civic organizations. The Center is located at 321 NW 10th Street and is operated by the Cultural Arts Coalition. For more information or to schedule an event, please contact Nkwanda Jah at (352)372-0216.

A. Quinn Jones House

In 2009, the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in partnership with the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs initiated The Legacy Project: Stories of Hope and Determination in the Fifth Avenue / Pleasant Street Redevelopment Area. More Information...


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