Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District

July 23, 2008 24 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Eighty years ago the Springfield Warehouse District, just north of Downtown Jacksonville, was a bustling center of industry. Today, it is a prime location for future renovation and revitalization.



1. Swindal-Powell Company Wholesale Furniture

Before

Present Day (Building demolished and S-Line track removed)

2. Dozier Paint Company

Before

Present Day (Building demolished)

3. Mavis Bottling Company

Before

Present Day

Before

Present Day

4. Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Before

Present Day



5. Aetna Iron & Steel Company

Before

Today, the Aetna Iron & Steel building remains, but a new addition blocks the original warehouse from Market Street.

S-Line at Liberty Street with Aetna Iron & Steel & Merita Bread in background

6. 11th & Market retail building

Before

Present Day (recently renovated into lofts)

7. Merita Bread Bakery

Before

The Merita Bakery has since been demolished and the current site is used for bakery truck parking.

8. Hutting Sash & Door Company

Before

Present Day

Before (original)

Before (after renovation to allow for longer trucks in loading area)


Present Day

9. Setzer's Warehouse (Liberty Street looking South)

Before

Present Day

10. Gate City Warehouse

Before

Present Day



11. Swisher International

Before

Present Day (section in before image is currently blocked by additional expansion)

Additional Buildings and Images

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13. Former Chevrolet Parts Depot (designed by Albert Kahn and currently vacant)

14. The former Bakery Union building

15. Tison-Demar Woodworks

16. Former Dorsey Company Bakery




Duval Laundry (Walnut & 9th Street)

Before

Present Day

Springfield Yard with Veterans Memorial Arena in the background