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Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:37:50 AM »
Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel



On November 11, 1925, the same month Charles Ponzi's days of selling area swampland to real estate investors were coming to an end, Robert Kloeppel announced his intentions to construct the largest and most magnificent hotel in Jacksonville.  Kloeppel, who owned the Flagler Hotel near the train station at the time, had arrived in Jacksonville from Germany two decades earlier broke and penniless.




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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2013, 04:09:56 AM »
Thanks again for the history.

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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2013, 05:24:12 AM »
Never knew The Beatles had ever performed in Jax.  A real shame that the building was lost. 
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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2013, 06:30:08 AM »
Interesting article.  I remember (dimly) going with my parents to events at the GW.
Just a minor nit - unless it was an antique car convention, I don't think the exterior picture at the beginning of the article is from 1960.

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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2013, 07:18:02 AM »
Thanks, for catching that.

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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2013, 07:56:17 AM »
Where exactly was the footprint of the GWH (which surface lot)? The virtual address is listed 200 Julia St. Because I've seen GWH's wiki, and even a MJ article saying that this hotel is now the site of the Federal Courthouse which was actually the Robert Meyer Hotel.
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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2013, 08:23:54 AM »
Sad.  Such grandeur lost.

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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2013, 08:28:06 AM »
Where exactly was the footprint of the GWH (which surface lot)? The virtual address is listed 200 Julia St. Because I've seen GWH's wiki, and even a MJ article saying that this hotel is now the site of the Federal Courthouse which was actually the Robert Meyer Hotel.

The GW was located at the NW corner of Julia and Adams Streets.  It's the block what all the courthouse trailers on it.


It's the paved parking lot bounded by Adams, Julia, Monroe, and Pearl Streets.
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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2013, 08:38:02 AM »
Here is the intersection of Clay and Adams on Armistice Day in 1946.  The GW is the tallest building in the background.  The tall building further back is the Carling.  Every building before the GW in this image has been torn down one-by-one over time, eventually becoming the new courthouse's green space.


Image courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/65092

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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2013, 09:17:12 AM »
^^^Thanks for the info Lake.

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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2013, 01:56:23 PM »
Why was it torn down to begin with? Were there maitenance issues? I guess in 1973 the building would have been about 48 years old. I assume up until this point it had been taken care of.

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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2013, 01:57:13 PM »
Why was it torn down to begin with? Were there maitenance issues? I guess in 1973 the building would have been about 48 years old. I assume up until this point it had been taken care of.

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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2013, 02:57:59 PM »
My mom graduated from Andrew Jackson High School at the Hotel George Washington in 1952. Sad, now. Both the HGW and mom are gone.

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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2013, 07:52:34 PM »
Great history, but borderline unbearable to look at the pictures/take it all in.
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Re: Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2013, 12:10:18 AM »
of course because the redneck hillbillie-bible thumpers who run this town dont know s87t!!! and cant appreciate anthing. except making sure gay people dont have equal rights...to which first baptist churh gives a standing ovation!!!