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09 Dec 2011

1960’s Jacksonville Skyline

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Looking at the Jacksonville skyline from an elevated position on the old Prudential building with the first Acosta Bridge in the foreground and an earlier incarnation of the boat ramp and Friendship park in the lower right of the frame. This was taken after the Lobster House restaurant was demolished and the building that now […]

22 Nov 2011

West Bay Street, 1952

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“1952.  A street scene on Bay Street between Laura and Hogan.  The Democrats were running Stevenson and Sparkman.  You are looking West Northwest.  Note the Earle, Mayflower and Seminole Hotels.  The Casino theater at that time was nine cents. Some difference in it today.” LS I like the way the Democrat Headquarters on 124 W. […]

04 Nov 2011

City Core, 1950’s

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Looking West down West Monroe Street towards Hemming Park and the Federal Courthouse.  The multistory building sticking up from the block of buildings to the right is the Western Union building which now houses the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.  The rest of the buildings in that block were demolished to make way for the […]

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 […]

07 Oct 2011

Downtown Grid

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Looking straight down on the Eastern side of downtown Jacksonville with Main Street being the top street running from one side of the frame to the other and Duval Street dividing the frame in half top to bottom.  I’m guessing this is from the mid 1950’s although I can’t really see the cars to give […]

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.

13 Sep 2011

Riverfront Parking

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Newly cleared of docks and warehouses jutting into the river from Jacksonville’s Northbank along the St. Johns River the 1950’s waterfront now featured a seawall, fill and a fresh asphalt to create a parking lot just South of the Main Street Bridge.  The Jacksonville Landing now occupies part of this property.

06 Sep 2011

Office Park

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“This is the Tourist and Convention office in 1948.  It was built in Hemming Park downtown.  Note all the great palm trees, it was great.” LS

02 Sep 2011

Don’t Miss The Women Wrestlers

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“If you knew Jimmy Murdock you would know his old car that he would advertise all the events that he would promote in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.” LS Miss Ella Phillips vs Miss Mars Bennett at the Arena at Main and Beaver Streets.  Best 2 out of 3 falls, 1 hour time limit.  […]

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.

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