Baptist Hospital Nearing Completion

February 21st, 2013, 13:17H · Topics: Around Town · Print

“Another view of the Baptist Hospital with the new Prudential Insurance Company in the background.  This was in 1948, lots of changes since then.”  LS

It is likely that the date of this photograph is in the 1950’s rather than the late 1940’s.  Please check out the additional comments.

Here is a little earlier version of the two buildings.

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  1. 1 Bill Holmes February 22nd, 2013 5:15H

    This can’t be 1948. The Prudential Building wasn’t finished until at least 1954. My Dad was one of the initial group that transferred from the home office in Newark, NJ to start the South Central Home Office (SCHO). That was in August 1953. They had offices in several buildings downtown while the Southbank tower was being built.

  2. 2 bob February 22nd, 2013 8:51H

    Thanks Bill, Many of the notes Loyd Sandgren added to his photographs were done decades after the photo’s were shot and as I well know, time is not always kind to detailed memories. That is why I count on Vintage Jacksonville visitors like you to help set the record straight and add their personal connections to to the photographs to help connect the images to events in Jacksonville’s history. Bob Self/Vintage Jacksonville

    • 3 Richard Bowers February 26th, 2013 16:56H

      This was 53 or 54, my Dad was a heart patient there in 56, and it had been opened about two years. Pru opened about 54 or 55 but was under construction after 48.

  3. 4 Brian February 1st, 2014 14:47H

    There’s a ’55 Ford and ’55 Chevy parked next to each other on the left hand side of the picture. The cars to the right are all ’50’s.


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