Reclaiming Jacksonville

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After months of development, Metro Jacksonville's first book is now available from Charleston, SC-based History Press. Order yours now!

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Priced at $24.99 each.

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Discover decades of Jacksonville’s triumph, glory and decay.

The Laura Trio is one of 14 sites covered by "Reclaiming Jacksonville".

The City of Jacksonville has hundreds of buildings that have withstood the test of time. Yet, these lasting landmarks tell only a portion of Jacksonville’s history. Dozens of other buildings have been abandoned and left to wither, turning into shadows of their former grandeur. Each place has a rich and storied history that belies modern appearances, like the Annie Lytle Elementary School, now known as the most haunted landmark in the city, and the Jacksonville Brewing Company, which had to come up with a creative way to stay afloat (think ice cream) when Prohibition hit. Join Metro Jacksonville writers Ennis Davis and Robert Mann as they go behind the scenes of 14 crumbling but ethereally beautiful structures to reveal their true pasts. Enhanced with stunning color photography, "Reclaiming Jacksonville" is a must-have for every resident of the River City.

Inside the Marble Bank in 1978.

"Reclaiming Jacksonville" Table of Contents

Foreword, by Gloria Devall

 1. Ambassador Hotel
 2. American Motors Export Company
 3. Annie Lytle Elementary School
 4. Barnett Bank Building
 5. Florida Machine and Foundry
 6. Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant
 7. Gateway Shopping Center
 8. Hogans Creek Improvement Project
 9. Independent Life Building
10. Jacksonville Brewing Company
11. Jacksonville Terminal Subway
12. Laura Street Trio
13. Seminole Club
14. W.P. Sumner Company

About the Authors
About the Photographers

What's Next

The next Reclaiming Jacksonville book signing will he held at the Jax Truckies Food Truck Rally.  The event is scheduled to take place at 21 West Adams Street in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 11am-5pm.  It's a great opportunity to learn more about Jacksonville while also trying out some of the best local gourmet cuisine our community has to offer.

More Themes On The Way

With "Reclaiming Jacksonville" now complete, look for more books from Metro Jacksonville to be released in the near future.

For questions, please contact Ennis Davis at