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 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.

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