Springfield’s 2014 Home & Garden Tour (and Bike Tour!)

May 15, 2014 13 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

This weekend, witness the transformation of Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhood first hand, at the 36th Annual Historic Springfield Home Tour (and Bike Tour)!



For 36 years, the Springfield historic district has been showing off it’s unique character, architecture, and pedestrian friendly streetscapes through home tours. Once ground zero for Jacksonville’s poverty and blight, it’s now in the midst of a generational transformation, literally rising from the ashes to become a popular neighborhood for those seeking an eclectic, diverse, and semi-urban lifestyle. The 2014 edition of the tour highlights this transformation by featuring only original, historic homes and venues in some stage of renovation.



You’ll find turn-of-the-century showpiece homes & multifamily finished spectacularly, a freshly minted 2014 Preservation Award Winner, a raw pre-renovation wreck with big plans for a “net-zero” green renovation, a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired commercial space , stark Before & After’s, and a variety of other truly unique venues brought back to life – 8 in total. And if you’d like an extended tour of the historic district, the guided bicycle tour edition highlights all the venues on the Home Tour along with the characters, events, places, and architecture throughout the neighborhood that makes #SPR distinct.

The sound of hammer to nail in Springfield is quite popular (and welcomed) these days, and the neighborhood is ripe with renovation potential. Come see how that potential is transformed into reality first hand.


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Here’s the info:

Home Tour:  Saturday, 5/17/14, tickets sold 1pm - 5pm
Bike Tour:     Saturday, 5/17/14, leaves at 2:00pm
Home Tour:  Sunday, 5/18/14, tickets sold 1pm - 5pm

Start & Check-in: Third & Main Event Center at 1303 N. Main Street
Online tickets sold at www.sparcouncil.org
Discounted tickets are available now, and can be found at Uptown Market, Three Layers Café and Avela Day Spa in Springfield, Tres Leches Eatery and Fans & Stoves Antique Mall in Riverside, and Avonlea Antique Mall on the southside. Or, you can buy tickets the start of the event for $15.



Wells Fargo is the title sponsor of this Jacksonville tradition. For more information, contact Springfield Preservation & Revitalization (SPAR) at sparoffice@sparcouncil.org or (904) 353-7727.