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 Hotel Aragon was located on the corner of Forsyth and Julia Streets. This is now the location of the BellSouth Tower.
Overlooking Hemming Park, the Windsor Hotel was one of Jacksonville’s grand attractions in the early 1900s. Eventually, by the 1960s, the Robert Meyer Hotel, JCPenney, and Woolworths occupied this location. Today it’s the site of the new Federal Courthouse.