Jessie Ball duPont Center (Haydon Burns) Renderings

December 19, 2013 44 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Going before the Downtown Development Review Board today to request Conceptual Approval, plans for the conversion of the old Haydon Burns Library into the Jessie Ball duPont Center continue to advance. Here is a look at plans to renovate the iconic downtown building, at 122 Ocean Street, into a regional philanthropic and nonprofit center.

About the Jessie Ball duPont Center

The proposed new Jessie Ball duPont Center will be developed within the iconic Haydon Burns Library building that was completed in 1965 and designed by architect Taylor Hardwick. When complete in late 2014/early 2015, the Jessie Ball duPont Center will serve as the epicenter for Northeast Florida's philanthropic and nonprofit community. The 120,000 square foot building will act as a hub for local nonprofits, stimulating an environment of collaboration within the sector.

Plans call for the structure's precast concrete fins, glazed brick mural, and mosaic tiles will be repaired and restored as close as possible to their original condition as a part of the $20 million project. Additionally, the four-level facility will include retail, conference/meeting spaces, a green roof, and an outdoor patio/terrace area at the intersection of Ocean and Adams Streets.

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