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Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« on: August 03, 2020, 07:42:55 AM »
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An architectural movement that peaked during the 1960s, Mid-century modern (MCM) has increased in popularity within the preservation world in recent years. An American reflection of the International and Bauhaus movements, MCM can be found all over Jacksonville. Here are ten commercial examples of the unique architectural style, in and around Downtown Jacksonville.

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Re: Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2020, 08:51:53 AM »
Great photo essay. I've worked in two of those buildings.

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Re: Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2020, 12:24:02 PM »
Great article!

Here's a pic of the Fletcher Building with the rocket smokestack.




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Re: Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2020, 10:14:58 PM »
I believe one of the best and largest examples was left out of this article:  The original Prudential (then Aetna, now One Call) southeastern HQ's, an equally transformative building for Jacksonville.  Sad to see them build over much of its grand front entry plaza with a multi-story parking garage and now block its riverside view with a blah apartment building.



I was also sad to see CSX "modernize" its building by covering its "Florida" blue tiles from the Atlantic Coast Line days.

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Re: Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2020, 10:21:00 PM »
I like this one too. Didn't think about it until later today.



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Re: Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2020, 10:33:44 PM »
Remember when the Coast Line Building would turn office lights on or off, and had star templates, to create a huge American Flag for the 4th of July?

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Re: Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2020, 10:37:01 PM »
Here are few more prominent nominees:







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Re: Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2020, 08:10:37 AM »
Someone should paint the old FL Times-Union Journal building like a giant Rubic's cube...the shape just lends itself. 

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Re: Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2020, 08:55:04 AM »
Seems like I'm going to have to make a follow up article on this topic. We do have a pretty good collection of great Midcentury examples.
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Re: Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2020, 09:30:18 AM »
Remember when the Coast Line Building would turn office lights on or off, and had star templates, to create a huge American Flag for the 4th of July?

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Re: Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2020, 10:26:35 AM »
^  Thank you!!!!

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Re: Ten examples of Mid Century Modern in Jacksonville
« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2020, 09:36:01 PM »
Not sure when the airport photo I posted was taken but couldn't help but notice the fleet of Eastern Airlines planes.  Hard to believe they were once the largest domestic carrier and now are just a faded memory.  Another example of a big company caught flat footed and complacent.