Local Buildings Named to Top 100 Buildings in Florida

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AIA Florida Celebrates 100th Anniversary with competition to name top building in Florida.

The beauty and wonder of Jacksonville has been recognized by the Florida Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) in naming 17 buildings throughout the city to their list of the Top 100 Buildings & Places in Florida constructed within the past 100 years.  These include the St. James Building (City Hall), the Florida Theater, Riverplace Tower/Gulf Life Building, and 14 other well-known local landmarks; list of buildings are included below.  As part of its 100th Anniversary, AIA Florida has launched the Florida Architecture: 100 Years 100 Places competition, which identifies 100 buildings across the state that represent the best in architectural achievement.  

Charthouse Restaurant

Beginning on March 13th, AIA Florida will ask the public to rank the nominated buildings selecting the top building in Florida through online voting at www.aiaflatop100.org; Voting ends April 6th at which time votes will be tallied and top 20 announced with fanfare and festivities.

There will be stiff competition amongst the Florida communities but you can help make our region stand out!  We ask that you please include the 17 buildings and provide a link to the Competition on your website, to encourage cultural awareness of the architecture community and a little friendly rivalry around the State.  Remember, you can vote as many times as you like! Both residents and visitors alike are sure to enjoy voting and benefit from visiting these sites.

Riverside Baptist Church

A little additional background:

• AIA Florida is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012, started 100 years ago in Jacksonville.

• Later this year, AIA Florida will develop a mobile application to allow anyone in the state to take a “virtual walking tour” of the Top 100 buildings in Florida.

• The Competition kick-off is in March and a statewide celebration of Architecture Month in April; AIA Jacksonville’s Architecture Week April 30th – May 3rd ;

• AIA Jacksonville is working with the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) for a celebration of Jacksonville’s architecture with a 3 month exhibit opening October 2012.

Florida Life Building

Jacksonville’s buildings included in the Top 100:

17 of Jacksonville’s architectural gems contribute to the 100 Buildings Celebration:

-  Welton Becket: Gulf Life Tower

-  Roy Benjamin: Florida Theater

-  Robert C Broward: Unitarian Church

-  Robert C Broward: Wesley Manor

-  Blake Ellis: St. Paul’s by the Sea Church

-  Taylor Hardwick: Haydon Burns Library

-  Kendrick Bangs Kellogg: Chart House

-  Henry J Klutho: Florida Life Building

-  Henry J Klutho: St. James Building

-  Marsh & Saxelbye: Epping Forest

-  Marsh & Saxelbye: San Hose Hotel/Bolles School

-  Addison Mizner: Riverside Baptist Church

-  William Morgan: Williamson Residence

-  William Morgan: Residence

-  Rink Design: UNF Student Union

-  Paul Rudolph: Milam House

-  Robert Stern: Jacksonville Main Library

St. James Building

Please consider partnering with us as we embark on this historic celebration of architecture and the communities that benefit from these buildings.

VOTE HERE: www.aiaflatop100.org

For more information please contact William Bishop, AIA; Chapter spokesperson, at 904-356-2654 or wbishop@alsarchitects.com or Tom Norman, AIA, Chapter President, at tnorman@enbarchitects.com.

About AIA Florida

The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, headquartered in Tallahassee, represents the interests of more than 3,600 members in Florida and the Caribbean. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public, and colleagues of an AIA-member architect’s dedication to the highest standards in professional practice.

The UNF Student Union is shown as the cover image.