Suburban Neighborhoods: Grove Park

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Metro Jacksonville takes a tour of Southside's Grove Park.

About Grove Park

Also known as Holiday Hill, the Grove Park development began in 1955, during an era of rapid post World War II suburban expansion in Jacksonville.

As one of Jacksonville's early post World War II subdivisions, the neighborhood is known for its collection of Ranch-style residential structures.

While the Prairie and Bungalow styles of the early 20th century were forerunners of the Ranch, Architect Cliff May is credited with building the first Ranch Style house in San Diego, CA in 1932.

Characterized by its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration, it became the preferred design choice of American tract home developers, such as Abraham Levitt (Levittown, PA) from the end of World War II through the 1970s.

In 2002, the neighborhood's decorative brick entry gates were granted landmark sign status by the City of Jacksonville.

Now, nearly 60 years old and built out, Holiday Hill serves as a well maintained example of pre-consolidated Jacksonville's mid-20th century outward expansion.

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