09 Jul 2015

Future Site Of The Ed Ball Building



“This picture shows a parking lot where the Ball Building is today.  Streets are Julia, Monroe, Hogan and Adams Streets.  About 1956.”  LS

Seems like every transitional space in downtown Jacksonville was a parking lot at one time or another. This image was taken from the corner of Julia Street and West Adams Street looking toward Hemming Park and the St. James Building, most likely taken from the roof of the Hildebrant Building at 300 West Adams Street.  The parking lot would become the site of the Ed Ball Building.  The 11 story structure began construction on the site in 1960 as the new headquarters for the Florida National Bank. The building was purchased by the City of Jacksonville to house a number of its departments in 2006. In the upper left of this image is a sign announcing the construction of the new Hotel Robert Meyer  which was being built on the lot behind the F.W. Woolworth Company building. Both the Hotel Robert Meyer and the Woolworth building would later be demolished to make way for the new Federal Courthouse building which now fills that block of downtown.


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03 Jul 2015

Hope Haven Chocolate Bunny



“Here was a great display and very tasty.  This was a 50 pound bunny rabbit, given to the children at the hospital.  It was very hot that day so we got all the people in place, and then rushed the candy in the sun.  The few minutes it took to take the picture, it was already started to melt.  People?  1971.”  LS

Hope Haven has a history in Jacksonville dating to the 1800’s when the Hope Haven Association was formed to help children with Tuberculosis. The original Hope Haven Children’s Hospital was built in 1926 on the Trout River to help “nutritionally and medically deprived children.” In 1939 this facility was built on Atlantic Boulevard, West of the intersection with University Boulevard. It served as the primary polio treatment hospital for children in the 1950’s. It continued to function as a full service children’s hospital until 1980 when the inpatient services were purchased by the Nemours Foundation and the hospital was closed.  Hope Haven opened its new facility on Beach Boulevard in 1989 where it offers a wide range of children’s resources including outpatient treatment, therapy, and tutoring. It now operates under the name of Hope Haven Children’s Clinic and Family Center. (I would like to extend a special thank you to Anne Wall, the director of communications at Hope Haven for her help with the history of the facility.)

Here is a previous post from Hope Haven of New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell signing autographs for children in the hospital.


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02 Jun 2015

Independent Square Early Construction, 1973



Photographed on March 6, 1973 this image was one of a series taken by photographer Loyd Sandgren to show the different stages of construction of what would become the Independent Life Building.  When it was completed in 1974 it was the tallest building in Jacksonville at 535 feet tall.  In 1990 it became the second tallest building when the Bank of America Tower on North Laura Street was completed.  It topped out at 617 feet.  The Independent Life Building was later renamed the Modis Building and is now known as the Wells Fargo Center but its address remains 1 Independent Drive. Of particular note is the surface parking lot along the riverfront behind the construction site.  It is now the location of the Jacksonville Landing.



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26 May 2015

Houses Of Ill Repute



“The first block of West Beaver Street. Peggy was a prostitute and she owned these houses.  She operated her business there. She was murdered there one night by her boyfriend  There was always troubles there as you can see by the ambulance. This was on the North side of Beaver.”  LS

A parking garage belonging to First Baptist Church Jacksonville now occupies that block of West Beaver Street.


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19 May 2015

Maxwell House Plant Circa 1970



“The backside of the Maxwell House Coffee Co. taken from the Adams Street viaduct. Picture taken at dusk to show some lights.  1970.”  LS

The Maxwell House coffee brand started in 1892 and the Jacksonville plant is one of two in the country still in operation (the other is in San Leandro, California). The East Bay Street facility was opened in 1910.  The large dripping neon coffee cup on the side of the building was installed in 1955.


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07 May 2015

Mid 1950′s Downtown Aerial



An aerial view of downtown Jacksonville shot looking Northeast taken in 1955 according to photographer Loyd Sandgren’s note that accompanied the print.


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30 Apr 2015

Lights, Camera, Action!



This is another behind the scenes image from the film shoot shown in San Marco shown in this previous post.  It looks like a different angle on the same setup judging by the sidewalk and driveway toward the back of the car.


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28 Apr 2015

Party Time!



Bobbing for apples photographed by beaches photographer Virgil Deane. This wonderful image was one of several hundred loose and un-captioned prints that were given to me after they were saved from the curb awaiting garbage pickup. I wish there were more details that could be shared. Perhaps some of the partiers are still around and could shed a little light on the specifics of the party.


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23 Apr 2015

Big Boat, Little Boat



As described in a number of previous posts photographer Loyd Sandgren had among his commercial clients Huckins Yacht Corporation and Otis C. Borum Boats, Inc., both Jacksonville headquartered boat builders that served very different segments of the boating market.  Huckins had a history of boat building dating back to the late 1920’s and concentrated on the high end, luxury yacht market.  Borum made beautiful wooden recreational boats in the 1950’s, naming them after popular car models of the day. This particular photograph happens to have one of each company’s watercraft featured together, the only image like it that I have found in the Sandgren collection. Finding details about Borum Boats is challenging as the company is no longer in existence but thanks to the fine folks at Huckins which is still building boats at their facility on the Ortega River and have kept meticulous records on every boat they made, they were able to provide me with information about their boat in this photograph. The Jamboree was built for Inman Brandon who owned five Huckins yachts. This one is a Corinthian 56 model and was the fourth Huckins yacht purchased by Brandon. It was ordered in April of 1962 and delivered in November the same year. It is hull number 369 of the Huckins fleet.


Huckins Yacht Corporation provided the above copy of an advertisement featuring the Jamboree which prompted a search which turned up this slightly earlier Borum Boat ad below.



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14 Apr 2015

Black Dress And Fishnet Stockings



“This photo was taken in my studio when I was on 22 East Beaver St.  The girl was a stripper, in fact at that time I did many of those girls.  My reputation as a stripper photographer was well known even as far away as New York.”  LS



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