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02 Jun 2015

Independent Square Early Construction, 1973

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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 […]

25 Jun 2012

Prudential And Baptist Buildings Going Up

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“The Baptist Hospital & The Prudential Buildings being built.  You can see downtown Jacksonville in the background.”  LS Both the Baptist Hospital and The Prudential Insurance buildings opened in 1955 so this photograph would have been taken a year or so prior.

18 Oct 2011

The New City Hall Revisited

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Here is an additional view of the riverfront City Hall building shortly before it was opened in 1960.  It gives you a peak around the right side of the building before the riverfront bulkhead was built and the area filled in.  It also gives you a look at the facade of the building with the […]

27 Sep 2011

Going Up

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Topping off the Independent Square building which was completed in 1974.  An earlier version of the building’s construction can be seen here.  The building just underwent it’s latest name change with the Wells Fargo logo added to the top of the building which is now named the Wells Fargo Center.

16 Aug 2011

Work In Progress

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Foundation work underway for the Atlantic Bank Building at the corner of Forsyth and Hogan Streets in downtown Jacksonville, 1951.  This earlier post shows the finished project.

08 Jul 2011

Independent Square

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Constructed between 1972 and 1974 the Independent Square building stood as the tallest building in the state of Florida until 1981 and continues to be the dominant building of Jacksonville’s skyline.  The 37 floor, 535 feet tall building was first home to the Jacksonville based Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company and was know as […]

14 Oct 2010

Opening Soon

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Jacksonville’s New City Hall in the final stages of construction. According to the sign on the construction fence, “Another Great Stride in Jacksonville’s Progress.” “This is the Jacksonville, Florida City Hall just before it was dedicated.  1960.  Note how clear the sky was in those days.” LS

13 Oct 2010

Building Boom

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One of the numerous incarnations of this particular block of downtown Jacksonville over the years.  This was probably for the construction of old Robert Meyer Hotel, the Woolworth and J.C. Penney buildings.  The site currently hosts the Federal Courthouse Complex.

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About Photographer Loyd Sandgren

I first met Loyd Sandgren in 1997 as I was putting photo gear back into my car after... Learn More