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 and meeting rooms. The Thomas Center is surrounded by the lovely Thomas CenterGardens and the Grace and Sidney Knight Children's Theatre. The center is the site of a variety of art exhibits and musical programs.
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.
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