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Historic Riverside & Avondale

Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) is constantly working to preserve the architecture, history and cultural heritage of Riverside and Avondale.


Historic San Marco

The San Marco district started as farm on the eastern bank of the St. Johns River with over 2,000 orange trees.


Prime F. Osborn III

The original 1898 Union Station and 1919 Jacksonville Terminal was incorporated into the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.


Memorial Park

A scenic 5.85 acres situated in between the St. Johns River and the historic Riverside district.


Historic Church Tour

Old St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is the only religious structure in not destroyed by the Great Fire of 1901.

Historic Districts

The Riverside and Avondale districts form one of the South’s largest neighborhoods designated on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Following Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901 these neighborhoods flourished and became a place for students of Frank Lloyd Wright, including Henry Klutho, to come and try their hand at a variety of architecture styles. Stop into the Jacksonville Fire Mueseum to learn more.
  • The district is home to the largest collection of Prairie-style homes outside the Midwest.  Klutho and others created these simple and elegant bungalow homes, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement.
  • Recently, the Riverside Avondale neighborhood was named one of the American Planning Association’s 10 Great Neighborhoods in America for 2010.  It is the first neighborhood in Florida to win this honor.
  • A free, self-guided multimedia tour of the historic district was recently introduced.  The video-enabled tour features information and vintage photographs of various sites along the tour and begins at the popular, weekly Riverside Arts Market along the St. Johns River.  The tour lasts approximately an hour and covers two miles, winding through and around 20 blocks of historic Riverside.  Discover the Rochester House, a haunted house that once played host to Abraham Lincoln’s widow, and then walk by the office of Leonard Skinner, the former coach who gave his name to one of Jacksonville’s most famous bands, Lynyrd Skynyrd. 
  • Other historic neighborhoods surrounding Downtown, include San Marco and Springfield, feature prairie-style architecture as well.
  • Learn more about Jacksonville's history through our Local History Expert, Gary Sass.

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  • Visit Jax History Expert, Gary Sass

    Gary Sass is a local historian and owner of AdLib Luxury Tours and Jacksonville Walking Tours. To find out more about the regular offerings and customized tours available for you or your group, visit www.adlibtours.com www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleWa