Downtown: The Hotels of an era gone by

August 18, 2006 3 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

In the early 20th century, downtown was Florida?s premier urban center. The Silent Film industry was booming, jazz and blues joints lined Ashley, the Jacksonville Terminal was the destination point to over 100 passenger trains a day, and Forsyth Street was the home to a large theater district.

 The Carling was constructed in 1925. The 13 story structure was the only tall  hotel to be constructed in the middle of a block, instead of a corner. Its also  was the site of a fire that killed 22 guests in town for the Gator Bowl back in  1963. It was recently renovated by Vestcor into an apartment tower.

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