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Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:28:41 AM »
Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry



A look inside the remains of a downtown Jacksonville steel foundry that dates back to 1924: The Florida Machine & Foundry

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http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2012-feb-abandoned-jacksonville-florida-machine-foundry

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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012, 10:12:31 AM »
For those who are curious like me, this is located at 1375 W Church St 32204 which is west of Myrtle Ave and south of Beaver St.
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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012, 02:31:39 PM »
Nice article. What are the plans for this area?
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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012, 06:28:17 PM »
Great pictures and info - thanks for sharing this!

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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 12:52:07 AM »
Hardwick & Lee (Taylor Hardwick) did the offices of Florida Machine and Foundry, twice. The first office building was done in the mid/late 50's, then around the time when the Haydon Burns was going up, they build a twin (but more modern looking) building beside it and then connected the pair together with a curiously shaped concrete entranceway.

Was quite well preserved in '08 when I was there. Instantly recognizable as a T.H. project.  I have pics, somewhere..........

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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 06:31:42 AM »
Thanks.  I was wondering who did the design of the office building.  Last time I went by, it appeared that it was being renovated.

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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012, 06:37:22 PM »
Sure, but Jax's primary renovation tool continues to be a wrecking ball, right?

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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2012, 07:26:02 PM »
^Of course.  The majority of the foundry has already been demolished.  However, the new owners do appear to be reusing the office, the steel fab plant, and machine shop buildings....or at least the backhoe hasn't hit their walls yet.

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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2012, 01:18:27 PM »
Sure, but Jax's primary renovation tool continues to be a wrecking ball, right?
It should be.  I am all for rehabbing but that place is an industrial dump.

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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2012, 08:25:40 PM »
Wonder just how much more of Jacksonville's history will get the wrecking ball renovation treatment?   It's a shame to see such useful structures being demolished, but, what can one do?    I restore antique tractors and have an appreciation for the technology of the age.    The simpler machines seem to be much more reliable and efficient than today's grotesquely overly complicated and cheaply made replacements. 

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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2012, 11:20:44 AM »
Sure, but Jax's primary renovation tool continues to be a wrecking ball, right?
It should be.  I am all for rehabbing but that place is an industrial dump.



Clueless.  Nothing changes. 100 years in the future Jville will still be the city that did the least, with the most.  See ya.

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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2012, 01:53:04 PM »
Sure, but Jax's primary renovation tool continues to be a wrecking ball, right?
It should be.  I am all for rehabbing but that place is an industrial dump.



Clueless.  Nothing changes. 100 years in the future Jville will still be the city that did the least, with the most.  See ya.
In 100 years, my grandchildren will be terribly upset when that industrial dumpsite is on EPA's national priorities list.

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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2012, 02:51:02 PM »
perhaps.

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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2012, 07:34:06 PM »
A new life for the remaining foundry buildings (1924 brick machine shop, offices, and steel fabrication plant).  The property is serving as a steel recycling yard for Main Metal Recycling.






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Re: Abandoned Jacksonville: Florida Machine & Foundry
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2012, 10:04:10 AM »
Came across this while looking for another site in the Florida State Archives collection.



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