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Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« on: February 13, 2013, 04:06:41 AM »
Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District



The Telfair Stockton & Company developed a significant chunk of Jacksonville's urban core that we know and love today.  While Springfield, Avondale, and San Marco stand out to most, Stockton also was heavily involved in Jacksonville's growth as an industrial center.  Here is a before and after look at the remains of Stockton's largest manufacturing center in Jacksonville's urban core: The Springfield Warehouse District.

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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 05:49:49 AM »
Great article, great area, so much potential.

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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2013, 07:56:19 AM »
The pricing for these buildings has seen a drop recently, perhaps spurring the recent sales of buildings that have been for sale for years.  You, of course, just talked about the older ones, but there are several from the 40's and 50's that are in use today and give the area a busier feel and keep it from appearing abandoned. 

I thought that the old Coca Cola building and the warehouses behind them would have been a good location for Intuition Ale Works.  The Coca Cola building could be made a landmark and so tax credits could be used to convert it to offices and public space.   The warehouses have no roofs at the moment and as they are not in the historic district, one could utilize the existing walls and raise the roof for the needed height in an affordable way.  Anyway, that was what I saw as possibility for that location.  And indicates that the area can be both preserved and adapted to today's needs by using the landmark  or historic status to your advantage while do so selectively to meet your needs.

I've wanted one of thses  buildings for sometime now, I just can't justify the added expense yet, though we just had to expand.   The Southern Hardware & Bicycle Company building was most recently an event production company and was pretty well gone through and so is in good shape and could be moved into and used. Someone will get it before I can I'm sure.
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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2013, 08:43:26 AM »
So much potential for a work/live/retail district!  Lofts, offices, restaurants, shops.

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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 10:31:22 AM »
Ennis, outstanding article.  Love, love the history and pics.
I would be interested to know who owns what and what is for sale.


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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 02:06:31 PM »
What has changed hands recently?

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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2013, 07:25:55 AM »
Ennis, great article. Looks like the beginning of another book? 

Yes, Strider has drooled over the buildings for a long time.  He stops and secures an open doorway or two when he sees them.  A grateful owner offered him a good deal on rent which he almost talked me into.  Strider would really like to see Team Recovery Welding Shop expand into Springfield Boat Works. 

The glory days of Springfield.  Jobs!!  Cool warehouses!!  Bakeries churning out loaves.  I would love to spend a day back in time and see it.  You've given me the next best thing, Ennis.

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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2013, 07:29:37 AM »
There is the mattress factory on the 2100 block of Walnut.  Joe and I have been in there.  We looked at it for a client about ten years ago.  Really cool space.  I'll take a photo and post it. 

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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2013, 09:35:21 AM »
Several years ago I got to see the inside of the Soloman building on Main.  Amazing how well these old buildings were built.  Would make some great loft space.

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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2013, 09:38:31 AM »
Anybody have old photos of the Dorsey Bakery, or possibly inside pictures?  Maybe a copy of the site from the Sanborn maps?  I'm in Tallahassee and don't have time to get to the Jax library for research.

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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2013, 09:46:54 AM »
I'm heading to the library's Special Collections Department for a few hours after a 10am meeting.  I'll see what I can dig up.

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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2013, 12:19:22 PM »
I didn't come across any images but the Sanborn maps of the entire district are pretty interesting.  First, here are Sanborn maps of the Dorsey bakery in 1927, 1953 and 1965:

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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2013, 12:25:11 PM »
Interesting that the name of the street is Warren.  I suppose thats the only thing that marks what was once its own independent town,

And here is a blue print showing the land plats of the Town of Warren, just north of Old Springfield.


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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2013, 12:27:02 PM »
Some other interesting observations of the warehouse district  and Warren via Sanborn maps over the years:

The Chevrolet Parts Warehouse at 11th & Liberty replaced a roundhouse, shown in this 1927 map.


The Springfield (Warren maybe?) passenger railroad station was next door, near Walnut Street.


Same spot shown in 1953. Btw, the furniture warehouse next door to Chevrolet was Haverty's.

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Re: Neighborhoods: Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2013, 12:47:44 PM »
Thanks for sharing all these images, along with the article itself of course.
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