Inside The John Gorrie

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On August 13th, Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) and Habijax will be hosting "Schools Out! Unique Living Is In!", a fundraiser event for the non-profits, at the John Gorrie. In the meantime, Metro Jacksonville takes a sneak peak inside the urban core's latest residential loft conversion.

The History

Dr. John Gorrie was a celebrated physician, scientist, inventor and humanitarian. In 1844, Dr. Gorrie officially invented the first air conditioner and his original design for the first ice machine can still be seen as part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

John Gorrie Junior High School was erected in 1923. For many decades the school provided educational excellence to the children of the Riverside neighborhood in Jacksonville. John Gorrie Junior High School officially closed in 1997 and was purchased by J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver in February of 2009.

Given the size of the building and its surrounding site, in addition to its historical significance, the renovation of the John Gorrie School is an important component of the continued revitalization of the Riverside-Avondale historic neighborhood and a monument to the rich architectural heritage of the area.

The Neighborhood

In 2010, the historic Riverside-Avondale neighborhood was honored by the American Planning Association (APA) as one of the country's 10 Great Neighborhoods under the APA's Great Places in America program.

Riverside and Avondale are vibrant neighborhoods with an extraordinary sense of community and a deep respect for their important place in Jacksonville history. Own a piece of that history when you live at this significant landmark, located in the heart of Jacksonville's most sought-after, beautiful and historic communities.

Take leisurely walks down oak-canopied streets to the banks of the St. Johns River. Meander through marvelously maintained parks. Dine at cozy neighborhood restaurants and stroll quaint streets featuring local boutiques and charming storefronts. Appreciate the proximity to Downtown Jacksonville and cultural landmarks such as The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and national sporting venues.

The Residences

Steeped in the grace and elegance of a time gone by, The John Gorrie a condominium, is an extraordinary residence perfectly situated in the historically significant and deeply desired neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale. These unique and distinctive residences have been lovingly preserved to provide the perfect blend of historic architectural tradition with the conveniences of a contemporary lifestyle.

Residential Features

- 68 residences with floorplans ranging in size from 800 to 1800 square feet

- Studios, one- and two-bedroom residences, and two-story townhomes

- Original, historic architectural elements: Palladian windows, soaring ceilings, a combination of old and new hardwood floors, and exposed brick walls

- Modern luxuries in all residences: stainless steel GE appliances, CaesarStone countertops, a gourmet kitchen, and pedestal bath sinks

- Contemporary amenities:  custom-designed fitness center, and the ease and comfort of elevators and private gated parking

- A resident's reading room for quiet escape, featuring the modern convenience of Wi-Fi access

- The restored, original, private courtyard provides residents with a tranquil outdoor gathering space

Prices start at $102,000 for a studio on up to $312,000 for the largest two-bedroom town home. Most of the two bedroom units fall between $171,000 to $247,000.

To take a tour, inquire about unit pricing, or ask for more information visit:

Photographs by Ennis Davis.