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.

 Before the Hyatt, there was the Robert Meyer. The 215ft building was Florida’s  largest hotel, with 563 rooms when it opened in 1959, in the middle of a  bustling downtown. Despite the promise, it shut down in 1977 before it reopened  for a short time as the Holiday Inn City Center. Vacant since 1982, it was  imploded in 1998, in preparation for the new Federal Courthouse.


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