Public Square, Area 1

The film clips listed below capture tornado damage on the north side of the Public Square along the West Washington Street frontage taken from near the Confederate Monument. Eyewitness accounts reported seeing two separate tornados converge before entering the south side of the business district and traveling east through the Public Square on the morning of April 6, 1936. Nearly every building on the Public Square suffered extensive damage from the tornado; however, due to the magnanimous effort of thousands of relief workers, every store in the Public Square along Washington Street was able to reopen for business in the days and weeks following the great disaster.

Film footage

Clip of the damage to the frontage of Millner’s, Rhodes-Wood Furniture, The Book Shop, and Imperial Pharmacy, Gainesville, Georgia 1936 April 6
film clip
Clip surveying the damage to the block of West Washington Street between South Main and Bradford, Gainesville, Georgia 1936 April 6
film clip
Clip surveying the damage on Washington Street between Darnell’s Dress Shop and George P. Estes Company, Gainesville, Georgia 1936 April 6
film clip

Photographs and postcards

Destruction of the Gainesville Public Square, Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
[View item description]
Gainesville Public Square after 1936 tornado [View of debris in the center of the square and of the George P. Estes Company building], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
[View item description]
Gainesville Public Square after 1936 tornado [View of debris in the public square and of the intersection of South Main and West Washington Streets], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
[View item description]
Gainesville Public Square after 1936 tornado [View of public square and the intersection of West Spring and South Main Streets], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
[View item description]
Gainesville Public Square clean again, Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
[View item description]
Local and volunteer workers cleaning up streets on day of storm, Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
[View item description]
Rebuilding of Gainesville, Georgia [View of the rebuilding of the public square and of South Main Street], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
[View item description]
Reconstructed East Washington Street, Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
[View item description]
Tornado 1936 [View of the public square with West Washington Street in the background], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
[View item description]