22 Mar 2018

The New Independent Life Building, 1955

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“Here is the Independent Insurance Building just after completion, about 1955. The parking lot in the foreground was the place where the Windsor Hotel was.” LS This photograph is looking North on North Julia Street with West Duval Street crossing in front of the building from left to right. The parking lot in the right […]

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 […]

23 Oct 2014

1952 View Of Downtown Jacksonville

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This was shot in 1952 according to a note on this Loyd Sandgren photograph of downtown Jacksonville.  It appears to have been shot from one of the upper floors of the building now called Residences at City Place, originally built as an apartment building in 1949 on West Ashley Street.  The view is looking South […]

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 […]

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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