Author Topic: 1920s Florida Land Boom: Jacksonville's San Jose  (Read 3219 times)

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1920s Florida Land Boom: Jacksonville's San Jose
« on: August 02, 2023, 11:09:04 PM »
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1920s photographs of Jacksonville's San Jose Estates development. Now known as the neighborhood of San Jose, San Jose Estates was a large scale planned development that never came to fruition as originally envisioned.

Read More: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/1920s-florida-land-boom-jacksonvilles-san-jose/
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Re: 1920s Florida Land Boom: Jacksonville's San Jose
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2023, 11:41:39 PM »
Great pixs.  It would be cool to compare the San Jose Hotel interiors of yesterday to the Bolles' restored interiors of today.

I find it interesting how much appreciation and value there seemed to be for preserving some trees (admittedly, look to be skinny ones, not mature oaks) around various buildings.  Refreshing and likely done without some City tree ordinance forcing them to do so.  Some lessons for today's developers?

Curious about the lot sizes.  They look small (based on the map) for their time and more typical of today's tiny lots.

I also see some commercial buildings in the pix below that appear to be no longer.  Where were they located and what were they for?  Looking at the map vs. the picture, it appears they might have been near present day DuPont Middle School.


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Re: 1920s Florida Land Boom: Jacksonville's San Jose
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2023, 11:58:07 PM »
The original development would have had its own little central commercial district. It was anchored by the hotel and extended from the hotel to the intersection of St. Augustine Road and Via De La Reina Street. After the hotel closed, it was razed and replaced with what is now the school's parking lot, baseball field and tennis courts.
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Re: 1920s Florida Land Boom: Jacksonville's San Jose
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2023, 08:12:44 AM »
Fascinating.
I wish the map image were clear enough to read street names. Does the source of the pictures also lack identifying captions?

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Re: 1920s Florida Land Boom: Jacksonville's San Jose
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2023, 09:12:28 AM »
The source doesn't identify all of the photograph locations.

However, you will be able to zoom into the map by clicking on this link:

https://cdm16025.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16025coll13/id/2204/rec/4
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Re: 1920s Florida Land Boom: Jacksonville's San Jose
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2023, 09:39:46 AM »
Thanks, Lake - fascinating comparing the historic map with today's Google map. Many things are the same, yet many are different.