This is the page to discuss the Riverside Jacksonville FL Historical Neighborhood, a part of the Historic district. The local Multiple Listing Service sees the neighborhood on its own. The City, Historic Preservations look at them together, but the MLS sees it differently. The neighborhood does have some very historical attributes regarding the character and structures in Jacksonville, FL. While Riverside and Avondale are frequently included together, its important to see each on their own.
Most homes in the neighborhood were built just after the great fire of 1901. People living downtown had decided that they did not want to repeat the fire scenario and moved further away from Springfield and toward “Riverside”. Riverside Avenue starts at the foot of the Acosta bridge and runs along the river through Riverside and into Avondale, where it dead-ends into Boone Park South.
Interesting facts regarding Riverside Jacksonville FL
Some interesting facts about the neighborhood include the fact that the names of the streets were renamed for the men who worked on the Jacksonville Jetties. Men such as Major General Quincy Adams Gilmore, (Adams and Gilmore streets) and Captain William T. Rossell (Rosselle street). Men worked in various industries located in downtown Jacksonville.
Due to WWII many of these men left and went to fight in the war. This left widows who needed income and many of the single family residences became duplexes or triplexes or more. This allowed the families to survive and run a household. They are located throughout the historic neighborhoods.
You cannot tear down a house in this neighborhood without a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) that deems the house condemned. This has to go through the City’s Historic Preservation. This is one of the reasons the homes in this area maintain their value. Many love living in homes that have only seen upgrades in power, plumbing and other niceties over time.
I believe the neighborhood runs from Forrest Street (North Riverside) to McDuff Avenue, to the water to around to I-95 and up to Forest Street to the west. Some people include North Riverside, the physical area just north of our beloved Historical District. Most people use the boundary of I-10 south to the river, McDuff Avenue to the west and I-95 to the east.
Some landmarks inside of this great community include, Willowbranch Park, Willowbranch Library, West Riverside Elementary School, the former John Gorrie Junior High School (now condos), the Park and King restaurant district, many fine churches including Riverside Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and Riverside Presbyterian Church. The area of Five Points as designated by the fact that Park, Margaret and Lomax all intersect at this location. Five points, with the Sunray Movie Theatre, a local Publix and countless dining and entertainment locations is busy. A great event held every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM is the Arts Market, located under the Fuller Warren Bridge.
A great video about some of these and other places to visit in the neighborhood.
A new video from Discover Jacksonville about the neighborhood
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