Reclaiming Jacksonville Wins Preservation Award

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Today marks the official release of Metro Jacksonville's first book, Reclaiming Jacksonville. In addition, Metro Jacksonville has been notified that Reclaiming Jacksonville will be the recepreient of an award by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission at this week's Annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony and Restore Jacksonville Conference.

“Reclaiming Jacksonville” has been selected as one of the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission 2012 Preservation Award recipients.  I know that you book will not be released for two more weeks but after we reviewed the draft that you provided to us and with the timing of the release a couple of weeks before the event the JHPC nominating committee felt that your book should be recognized as a part of this year’s award ceremony.

Metro Jacksonville would like to thank the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission for this award and is proud to be recognized as a leader in media coverage of local history and neighborhoods.

About 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 local writers Ennis Davis and Robert Mann as they go behind the scenes of fourteen 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.

"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

Florida Machine and Foundry image courtesy of Nomeus

Here is a list of Reclaiming Jacksonville related events that will be held this week:

Monday, April 30, 2012

Reclaiming Jacksonville, coauthor, Ennis Davis, will be a guest of Melissa Ross's First Coast Connect program on WJCT (89.9FM).  First Coast Connect airs Monday-Friday 9AM-10AM.  

Listen live here

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Florida Times-Union will feature an article on how the idea of Reclaiming Jacksonville was concieved and development over the last year.  In addition, May's edition of EU Jacksonville will provide an in-depth look and review of Reclaiming Jacksonville.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Metro Jacksonville will host a Reclaiming Jacksonville book signing during Artwalk, at the main public library between 5PM-8PM.  In addition to coauthors Ennis Davis and Robert Mann signing copies, photographer, Nomeus, will be displaying and selling his works as well.

Visit the works of Nomeus here

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Metro Jacksonville will be an award reciprient at the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission's Annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony.  The ceremony will be open to the public and held from 6PM-8PM at the Main Library's Auditorium.

Barnett Bank Building image courtesy of Nomeus

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ennis Davis and Stephen Dare of Metro Jacksonville will be speakers of a 50-minute Educational Session at this week's Restore Jacksonville conference.

This 50-minute graphic dominated session will be a brief look into how research involving a single site as a part of the Reclaiming Jacksonville book, led opened the door to forgotten tales of Jacksonville's musical heritage, role in the women's sufferance movement, and time as a great progressive multicultural early 20th century urban community.  This particular site, the W.P. Sumner Company, is one of a 100-year-old-buildings that still stand in what was a vibrant area of LaVilla once known as Railroad Row.

The session will end highlighting a series of forgotten historic commerical areas where opportunity to redine and economically energize surrounding communities still exist due to the prescene of available building stock.  The goal of this session is to expose unique forgotten Jacksonville history to the general public as well as highlight areas where opportunity for reinvestment and adaptive reuse still exist.  Autographed copies of Reclaiming Jacksonville will be available for sale.

Click here for more information on Restore Jacksonville

Railroad Row image courtesy of Florida State Archives.

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