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Riverside Avondale Preservation Inc. (RAP) is a private, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to enhance and preserve the architecture, history, cultural heritage and economic viability of the historic neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondal

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The John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:24:00 +0000

BARK ON PARK is throwing a party for Riverside Avondale’s furry friends·         Join us on April 10th, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm as we mix and mingle with fellow dog lovers and raise money and awareness for The John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS!·         This 2-acre dog park will be free and open to the public and will feature a small dog area under shaded old tree growth and a large dog area under the shade of the I-95 overpass.·         Complimentary beer, wine and small bites will be served. Due to space restrictions, this event is for owners only — we will have plenty of play time for pups once the park is constructed!The John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park Riverside Avondale Preservation has been working very hard behind the scenes to bring you the Riverside Dog Park. After months of negotiating with the Florida Department of Transportation, the City of Jacksonville, and other parties, we felt comfortable moving forward with an engineering contract.And we have good news — the engineering specifications and final plans are now complete! We have submitted the plans for review with various departments at the City of Jacksonville, including the Historic Commission.Once these approvals are in place, we will launch a fundraising campaign — and we could use your help to make the approximately 2-acre, off-leash Riverside Dog Park a reality. Please consider making a donation, buying a brick to be placed at the park entrance, or asking your employer to make a contribution by sponsoring a piece of park equipment.If all goes as planned, we hope to have funding, political support and necessary land leases completed in Spring 2014. Construction is expected to take up to two months so we could have a Dog Park by the summer! Key Features of the Riverside Dog Park:One-and-a-quarter acre large/active-breed area. The active area will feature decomposed granite ground cover, an eighth of a mile walking path and a shade pavilion.Quarter-acre small/passive-breed area featuring significant old-growth tree coverage and bench seating.Ample on-street parallel parking will be created along with one dedicated handicapped-accessible parking space, adjacent to the existing JEA substation.Double-gated entries for both pet areas.A new sidewalk that will connect Park and College Streets – serving as a neighborhood connector.Dog Park will extend north to Annie Lyttle School property line, hopefully renewing interest in the rehabilitation of this historic building.Weavers Pose $50,000 Dog Park Match·         Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, owners of The John Gorrie a condominium, have partnered with Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) to offer the community an exceptional opportunity: A $50,000 match.·         The match coincides with the fundraising campaign for the new dog park and gives those who choose to donate a substantial incentive. If collectively they raise $50,000, the John Gorrie Investment Group will match it. The new dog park will be known as The John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park.How You Can Help Purchase a paver to be placed at the Dog Park entrance HEREEncourage your company to inquire about Corporate Sponsorship. Companies will receive permanent name recognition at the Dog Park entrance or on certain features within the park itself. Contact for more regarding corporate sponsorship opportunities.Donate to the park . Every donation, large or small, makes a difference towards us reaching our goal.READ MORE on our website [...]

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:25:00 +0000

Biscottis is OPEN!In celebration of 20 years in business, Biscottis in Avondale has recently undergone a major renovation, including a NEW BAR and REFERBISHED GLOWING FLOORS! After being closed for 4 days they are now open and excited to show off their new space, including new art work by local artist/photographer Daryl Bunn.Photo 1 - One of the contractors at Centerbeam Construction hard at work at Biscottis!Photo 2 - Bill and crew from Wood & Laminate Fine Custom Furniture installing new bar.Photo 3 - Thursday Morning Biscottis ready to open! [...]

Local Contributors

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:47:00 +0000

 Ok neighborhood experts…name where you can find this painting!      Next time you pass by the Jax Federal Credit Union (JAXFCU) on Park Street, make sure you take the time to pop-in and look at this stunning Memorial Park mural.  RAP’s Membership Coordinator did just that and was able to meet a great team of active community members who help out locally in Riverside Avondale’s hood.     Jax Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution owned by its members and has been serving Jacksonville since 1935.  JAXFCU offers great perks like their shared credit union branch network at over 6,800 locations nationwide, shared ATM networks at Publix Presto and Kangaroo gas station, technology banking with online and mobile banking, and even mobile check deposit.  The organization’s community presence, known as the Pride Committee, coordinates volunteer efforts and offers support all over Jacksonville.  JAXFCU’s recent participation involves leading a team in the HEAL Foundation’s Annual “Zoo Walk” fundraiser for children diagnosed with Autism, t-shirt donations for “One Spark” winner Re-threaded, and a donation of 1,000 re-usable bags to the Riverside Arts Market.  More is yet to come this fall when they join forces with the 3rd Annual “Cuts for Smile” to provide school supplies to local students and schools.  Their local contributions hit home this past May when JAXFCU sponsored RAP’s 2ndAnnual “Bootlegger’s Ball”.  With the help from our sponsors and donations, this fundraiser was a ton of fun and a huge success!  “The Bootlegger’s Ball was a very fun event! Just the people-watching alone was entertaining to see everyone in their Twenties attire.  The food was excellent, as well as the live entertainment. What a Ball!” Susie Clauson, Client Services Coordinator.  “I thought the event was great! As soon as we stepped foot into the party, it felt like we were transported back in time! The band was wonderful, the food and beverages were delicious, and I loved seeing everyone’s outfits!” Jill Cruz, Loan Funding Specialist.  RAP would like to personally thank JAXFCU and all contributors that make our neighborhood such a great place to live!  Look for the next blog on our local contributors.  If you have someone you’d like the highlight, send information to  For more information on Jax Federal Credit Union, stop in one of its 9 branches, visit, like them on Facebook: or call (904) 475-8700. [...]


Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:18:00 +0000

 RAP’s Annual Meeting and Awards, February 21st, is going to be a hit! Doors open at 6:00pm and meeting begins at 6:30pm. We are excited to offer refreshments from Blue Budda Exotic Foods. Special thanks to Riverside Liquors and Village Wine Shop for sponsoring beverages, Dustin Wooten for the beautiful photo of Memorial Park, and to Good Sheppard for hosting the event.  Located at Good Sheppard, Worsham Hall, 1100 Stockton Street, 32204.  We will unveil the hot-off-the-press Riverside Dog Park Plans for our puppy playground, 2012 Year in Review & Our 2013 Plans for both Riverside Avondale Preservation and the Riverside Arts Market, and  highlight amazing before and after transformations of our neighborhood’s historic properties and thank our neighbors who worked so very hard to improve our historic district.COME SEE THE NEW WINNERS, as they will be announced at the meeting for this year’s categories: Outstanding Home Renovation, Outstanding Business Renovation, Neighborhood Friendly/Contributing Business, Outstanding Historically Compatible New Construction, Outstanding Neighborhood Advocate, Outstanding RAP Volunteer, Outstanding RAP Board Member, Lifetime Preservation Award, and Outstanding River-Friendly Yard._____________________________________________________________See more images and read about theirpartnerships, Former RAP Award recipient, Satilla Inc., was highlighted as “Outstanding Business Renovation”In last year's meeting, they were highlighted for their work on the Old School Barber Shop.  Satilla Inc. partnered with Cronk Dutch Architecture on this project, which showed to be a great addition to the Shoppes of Avondale.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Satilla Inc., they are a local construction and renovation company that has been contributing to the neighborhood for over seven years.  Their principles of value,   quality, and creativity help to preserve and maintain the unique features found in our historic district.  It is a small firm by design in efforts to provide extra care to manage each prohect closely and carefully.  Over the years, they have worked for the same clients and architects several times, showing a true testament to the relationships they have built due to their skills and quality of work.     [...]

PHOTOJAX Jacksonville Photography Festival – January 24-27, 2013

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:54:00 +0000

This weekend, lots to do right in our neighborhood! After you have had a chance to stop by the farmer's market (FRAM) under the bridge, be sure to check out PHOTOJAX 2013, a celebration of photography, returning to Downtown and CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville, Florida on January 24-26. PHOTOJAX 2013 presents a broad range of curated photography exhibitions, juried exhibitions, video installations, #PHOTOJAX500 – a community response Instagram  project, parties, and other fun stuff. Gallery 725 & Florida Mining Gallery will kick off the festival with dual benefit receptions on Thursday, January 24th starting at 6PM. Friday 7PM come Downtown for a street party to view the #PHOTOJAX500 project which received over 1,000 submissions. Followed at 8PM by the public opening exhibition of Slow: Marking Time in Photography and Film at MOCA Jacksonville. Saturday 12PM Featured Exhibitions will open at CoRK Arts District. Opening receptions for exhibiting photographers begins at 6PM.PHOTOJAX is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization coordinated by a small group of dedicated volunteers who share a love of photography. The festival brings together artists, enthusiasts, collectors, dealers, educators, galleries, museums and invites the public to share in this exploration of photography.More information can be found on their website, here are some details about what you can see during this great event!ExhibitionsChris McCaw Sunburned GSP #461 (Full day/Puget Sound, WA)MOCA Jacksonville (333 N. Laura St.)SLOW: Marking Time in Photography and Film focuses on artists and works that engage photography, film and video to explore questions of time and duration. A combination of still photographs, films, and video works, the exhibition explores multiple approaches to the topic: some works animate and extend the temporal boundaries of painting; others open the sealed confines of photography to the flow of time. In addition, photographic works capture an ever-expanding series of gestures and moments — ones that physically and conceptually transform the boundaries of the medium. In most cases, the temporal elements at play invite the viewer to slow down the process of looking and engage with the works over an expanded period of time in order to observe their unfolding. The exhibition features the works of seven American and European artists whose approaches to this concept complement and challenge one another. Participating artists include: Eve Sussman, Kota Ezawa, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Chris McCaw, Idris Khan, James Nares, and David Claerbout.Florida Mining Gallery (5300 Shad Road)MANIFEST: Select Photographs Bobby Davidson, Jessica Yatrofsky, Chang Kyun Kim, Allen Frame, and Emma WilcoxThough the medium of photography has not yet reached its two-hundredth birthday, the significant impact on our social schema runs through many common relatable threads including the historical documentation of events such as Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” and “The Unknown Rebel in Tiananmen Square” by Jeff Widener, to the still life as abstract of Edward Weston, or the intimate yet confrontational portraits of Diane Arbus. The works in this exhibit come together to form an anthropological analysis of our social schema: in short, the figure, architecture and their interaction. The oeuvre of “Manifest: Select Photographs” range in process and production, giving attention to the various methods that consist in photographic practice, exemplifying the crisp clarity of digital shooting and printing, contrasting it with 120mm medium format film and proper darkroom process printing.CoRK Arts District ( 2689 Rosselle Street)Featured PhotographersAbra Anderson, Roy Albert Berry, Daryl Bunn, Dennis Ho, Jensen Hande, Jen Morgan, David Montgomery, Kedgar Volta, Edison Williams, Logan ZawackiFeatured ExhibitsThe Territory of Light: Works by UNF photography students#PHOTOJA[...]

Historic Mobbing

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:39:00 +0000

5 Points is hosting the latest Jax Cash Mob this Saturday, September 8th at Sun Ray Cinema.  Cash mobbing is a nifty term that promotes shopping locally in “flash mob” form.  A group of people assemble at a local independent retailer, that is unveiled day of, and buy items from that business.  Their purpose is to support both the locally owned and operated businesses and overall community while having a great time.  Previous mob meetings this year were held in Springfield, Shoppes of Avondale, and Downtown Jacksonville. Join the Jax Cash Mob this Saturday, September 8th at 11am in 5 Points.  Everyone will meet at Sun-Ray Cinema to view a short documentary about building community.  Then they will head off to explore local shops in the 5 Points village by way of a scavenger hunt, prizes included!  Afterwards, Tapa That will be the designated spot to meet back up for lunch and socializing starting at 1pm. Rules for participating: 1.      Show up at Sun Ray Cinema, 1028 Park Street, at 11am 2.      Watch Movie 3.      Spend $10-$20 at a local store, which will be revealed day of the event 4.      Meet three new people 5.      Eat lunch and socialize at Tapa That, 820 Lomax Street Read more about Jax Cash Mob [...]

CoRK Welcomes a Special Curated Show for RAP's 2012 Spring Tour of Homes

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:47:00 +0000

Story by Guest Blogger Anna Rodgers, House Captain for Art House (and preservationist extraordinaire)Every year, RAP's Home Tour features one house, devoid of furniture, that serves as a space for local artists.  It is RAP's belief that artists are an essential component to a neighborhoods vitality, so the organization does what it can to foster the growth of the "creative class." This year is, by far, no exception.  Join us at CoRK for an unforgettable Art House--this weekend: Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.  <><> <><> Cork ArtSpace, 2689 Roselle StreetBuilt in 1926 as wholesale supply warehouses, the developers of CoRK (Corner of Rosselle and King) Arts District have transformed these once utilitarian group of buildings into the newest in Jacksonville's art scene.  CoRK East still boasts some if its original building materials such as its original diagonal floor boards, wood beams and columns.  The buildings have been divided out to provide Jacksonville artist space to develop and create their varied works of imagination.  Both CoRK East and CoRK West have been outfitted with individual studio spaces for artists to rent and access 24 hours a day.  CoRK is currently housing 22 of Jacksonville's best known and loved artists in town.  CoRK East also features a gallery space and an exhibition hall that are regularly used to showcase local and national talents.  This collection of in-house artists, open gallery spaces and façade graffiti/mural art provides a dynamic collaboration amongst a wide variety of visual artists.  CoRK's gallery space will be open during the tour and will feature works by resident CoRK artists, Madeleine Peck Wagner and a collection of pieces from Jen Jones Art Consulting.  Dolf James, one of the driving and sustaining forces in the development of CoRK, has an expansive studio space in CoRK West that will be available for view on Saturday only.  As a bonus, the exhibition space will showcase a multi-sensory light and sound installation piece by UNF artists.  Tour attendees will also be able to tour select CoRK East and CoRK West studio spaces.  Refreshments will be served in the gallery space at CoRK East on both Saturday and Sunday.  Coffee will be provided by Riverside's own Bold Bean Coffee Roasters and treats come courtesy of Peace, Love and Confection bakers.Paintdancer, Sister FeathertoeOn Saturday at 12PM and 2PM, performance painter, Sister Feathertoe, will be Paintdancing in her studio space #13, CoRK East.  This will be a truly unique opportunity to witness an encore of Sister Feathertoe's "elaborate 60's-centric Be-In/ Go-Go Paintdancing show" that was performed at MOCA for their ReFocus: Art of the 1960s exhibition.  For more information about this artist, visit:  [...]

Backyard Treasure: Riverside Park United Methodist Church

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:33:00 +0000

Located in the heart of Riverside neighborhood, Riverside Park United Methodist Church has a long history. RPUMC began as a group of members of St. Matthews Methodist Episcopal Church, who met in the home of W.P. Spiers of Grape Street, now Ernest Street. The Church was officially organized as Riverside Episcopal Church on April 15, 1890, with Rev. W.D. Dowell as first pastor. The first sanctuary was built on Roselle Street in 1891. In 1905, property for a new sanctuary was bought at Park and Fisk streets and new sanctuary was built by 1911. The name was changed to Riverside Park Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In addition, an educational building was erected in 1930 honoring the 40-year career of L.P. McCord, the Sunday school superintendent. The breathtaking sanctuary, which currently stands, was completed in 1926.  The exterior was designed by architect Leeroy Sheftall in a Gothic Revival style, featuring cast stone scrollwork and tracery, along with two sleepy gargolyes on the Park Street side. The thirty-two stained glass windows were designed by Henry Wilet of Philadelphia in the 1940s. The interior boats massive, wooden beams complementing the Gothic Revival style of the exterior.  In 1966, the name of the congregation was officially changed to Riverside Park United Methodist Church. After over 120 years, the church still opens its doors each Sunday morning, 9:00 for a contemporary service and 11:00 for traditional and has over 400 members. In addition to Sunday mornings, the church holds Wednesday night classes such as yoga, painting and container gardening. Local community support is shown each August with "Rockin’ Back to School," a free event where over 300 backpacks filled with school supplies are distributed, and children are given physicals and vaccinations provided by St. Vincent’s Medical Center to get kids ready for school. For more information on RPUMC, visit them on the web at or call (904) 355-5491. A special "thank you"Riverside Avondale Preservation would like to take a moment and thank RPUMC for their generosity in loaning us their table linens for our Bootleggers Ball fundraiser.  For more informatio  and to purchase tickets, please visit [...]

Frank Lloyd Wright Film Festival at Sun Ray Cinema

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 22:50:00 +0000

Sun-Ray Cinema hosts a film festival honoring the work of one of America's most influential architects Sunday April 15, 2012.  Proceeds benefit RAP, The Jacksonville Historical Society, and the Jacksonville Chapter of the AIA.  Few architects have the enduring legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright; his Priaire Style has left an indellable mark in American design and architecture.  For one day only, Director Michael Milner will present three documentaries focused on the man and his artistic contributions: A Child of the Sun: The West Campus of Florida Southern College 1:00 pm (73 minutes) Documents the story of Florida Southern College, whose west campus contains the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture anywhere in the world.  Originally planned as an “Academic Village” of more than 20 structures, only half the project was completed, remaining today as Wright’s “Unfinished Symphony.” The film delves into each building in great detail, while also elucidating viewers on the 20-year relationship Wright developed with the college and its visionary president, Dr. Ludd Myrl Spivey. Wright himself provided the nickname for the campus when, during its creation, he proclaimed that the buildings at Florida Southern would “...grow out of the ground, and into the light, A Child of the Sun.”  View a ClipSacred Spaces: The Houses of Worship Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright  2:45 pm (73 minutes)Frank Lloyd Wright has long been regarded as America's greatest architect. Famous for such works as the Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater, Wright designed over 1,000 buildings during his 70-year career. Sacred Spaces examines his brilliant, but less well-known, houses of worship.These magnificent Sacred Spaces transcend religious boundaries and demonstrate not only Wright's genius but also his devotion to nature, which he said, “is all the body of God we are ever going to see.” The Houses of Worship included featured in this film: Unity Temple Oak Park, IL Pettit Chapel Belvidere, IL Pfeiffer Chapel Lakeland, FL Danforth Chapel Lakeland, FL Community Christian Church Kansas City, MOUnitarian Meeting House Madison, WI Beth Sholom Synagogue Elkins Park, PA Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Wauwatos, WI Pilgrim Congregational Church Redding, CA First Christian Church Phoenix, AZRomanza: The California Structures of Frank Lloyd Wright4:00 pm The latest documentary by Micheal Milner Romanza documents Wright's contributions beginning with his first commission in 1909 until his death in 1959.  Watch trailer.  Director Milner will be present after each film for a short question and answer session with the audience.  Don't miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the making of these documentaries and Wright himself.  Tickets are $9 per film, or $18 for all three. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit AIA Jacksonville   [...]

Tree Planting Event to Kick-Off re:solve Marketing Grant

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:24:00 +0000

(image) Join RAP's Green Team and Brunet Garcia advertising as we kick-off the re:solve marketing grant with a tree planting this Saturday at Boone Park, from 9:00 am - noon.  We will plant 59 trees, including native trees such as: Fringe Trees, Dogwoods, Bald Cypress, and Riverbirch Trees.  We will also plant Crape Myrtles.

Volunteers Needed!
To volunteer, contact our Green Team Chair, Sally Robson at (or just show up at Boone Park with your shorts, hat, sunscreen, and sunny disposition!)

re:solve is a one-year grant from Brunet-Garcia advertising for pro-bono marketing and advertising services.  This year, Riverside Avondale Preservation is honored to have been selected as one of the local non-profit organizations to receive the grant from this prestigious firm.(image)

Update: RAP's Feral Cat Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) Program

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 04:35:00 +0000

Guest Blogger: Mary ColemanOur neighborhood's response to RAP's partnership with First Coast No More Homeless Pets has been very positive thanks to caring individuals and area businesses.  Thus far 44 feral cats have been trapped, neutered, and returned.  27 of those were females.  One female cat can produce over 100 kittens throughout her lifetime.   Simple math indicates an exponential, rapid population growth rate.  In a prefect world, most of us would rather see these kittens go to loving homes as indoor pets. The reality is TNR programs help reduce unwanted feral cat colonies. The TNR Program's impact: ·        Stabilizes the feral cat population, eventually eliminating the cat colony in a humane manner which fosters compassion.·       Is a more effective and less costly solution than repeated extermination.  Costs for repeatedly trapping and killing feral colonies are far higher than promoting stable, non-breeding colonies.·      Reduces the number of feral cats harming wildlife and causing general nuisances.RAP has chosen a pro-active approach in controlling unchecked growth of feral cat colonies in our neighborhood.  Every cat spayed/neutered, is one more step towards that goal. Remember, spring is breeding season. Be pro-active and make a difference! All it takes is a phone call to Mary Coleman at 483-7189. [...]

The Cummer Hosts Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Collection from the High Museum of Art

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:59:00 +0000

Maximilien Luce, (French, 1858 – 1941), Port of London, Night, 1894, Oil on canvas, 28 x 35 1/4 inches, Gift in memory of Caroline Massell Selig (1919-1984) , 1985.22. A Room with Several ViewsYou may have passed by the Cummer and noticed their banner that reads, "Monet was a Misfit."  I did, and did a "double-take."  Not only did the phrase catch my eye, but the exhibit itself caught my attention, as it showcases a pretty significant collection from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.  There are close to 50 works displayed, tracing the evolution of the movement from beginnings with artists, such as Eugène Boudin,  who transitioned from the realism of the academic Salon to free brushstrokes and more vivid colors, through the Post-Impressionist movement artists such as: Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, and Edouard Vuillard.The Cummer's three gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were one of the reasons the museum was selected to host this exhibit.  Landscapes were one of the key subject matters of impressionist painters, particularly gardens. Many impressionists were known for painting their subject on site in open air, otherwise referred to as "en plein air."  This visual relationship between the paintings and the formal gardens is one that few museums can offer.  Museum curator Holly Keris states, "These artists were considered rebels for breaking with tradition, not only in terms of subject matter --they preferred not to paint the standard religious, historical, or mythological scenes --but also in terms of technique.  The impressionists were the first group of artists to have paint in tubes, a recent invention, available to them.  This led them to paint outdoors, instead of creating and finishing works in the studio. The timing of this exhibition could not be better.  In a few short weeks, The Cummer Gardens will be in full bloom, and visitors will not only be able to see great works of art indoors, but also see the beauty of the natural world." A Response to Photography--Your Photograph as a Response The vividness of the colors is also an artistic response to the advent of photography and the need for realistic painted portraits diminishing.  Instead of competing with a photograph's accurate representation of reality, they created visual effects through loose brushstrokes. These artists captured atmospheres and moods in color, contrasting black and white photography. Like photographers, impressionists captured a "moment in time" and movement. To this end, the Cummer is hosting a photography event or "experience."  From their website:Calling all Photo Enthusiasts: February 16 – May 5The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens invites experienced and novice photographers alike to capture reflected images or reflected light along the St. Johns River. From February 16 through May 5, 2012, send between one and three photos to All appropriate photos will be shared on The Cummer’s Flickr account. This is not a contest, but rather a shared photo experience celebrating Impressionism and creative expression.Exhibition Details: February 16, 2012 - May 6, 2012 (The Minerva and Raymond K. Mason Gallery)Key Lectures: Lecture: Brilliant Transformations: Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: Dr. Debra Murphy, University of North Florida. Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. $5 Members and Non-membersLecture: Special Guest Lecturer David Brenneman, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, High Museum of Art. Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. $5 Members and Non-membersFo[...]

Bike Sharrows on Riverside Avenue

Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:20:00 +0000

(image) << SHARROW: shared lane pavement markings

You may have noticed these markings on Riverside Avenue from the Riverside Arts Market (under Fuller Warren Bridge) to Post Street. They are part of an ongoing effort by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to encourage bicycle safety.

Sharrows tell bicyclists where it is safe to ride and alert motorists where to expect bicycles. 
- They help position cyclists on narrow lanes, where bikes and cars cannot travel side-by-side safely.
- Guides bicyclists to a safe position next to parking lanes, outside the “Door Zone”.
- Alerts motorists to where bicycles may use the full lane, as Florida law allows.
- Encourage safe passing.

You may note these posters all over our neighborhood, informing the public on how to properly share the lane with a cyclist.  Please take a moment and review, for everyone's safety.

FOR MORE INFORMATION BikeJax wrote a wonderful post about sharrows with in-depth information, "New Lane Markings: The Down and Dirty Guide" and we thought we'd share. (Great job!) As they explain, a sharrow pretty much alerts drivers and cyclists to what already is stipulated under Florida Law.(image)

Cliff Notes: Urban Agriculture Community Forum

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 03:09:00 +0000

allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" id="twttrHubFrame" name="twttrHubFrame" scrolling="no" src="" style="height: 10px; position: absolute; top: -9999em; width: 10px;" tabindex="0">On Thursday, January 26, RAP joined forces with Sustainable Springfield to co-present a Community Forum on Urban Agriculture.  Topics included possible locations for a community garden in the Riverside Avondale Historic District and proposed Hen Legislation for Duval County.  This article presents general information about urban agriculture, notes from the meeting, and some key points for residents.  Copyright: Robert Nickelsberg for TIME Magazine. Photo of a former asphalt-covered playground in Brooklyn, NYWhat is urban agriculture? As a national movement, urban agriculture is growing rapidly across the US. According to the USDA, around 15 percent of the world's food is now grown in urban areas. City and suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space."* Amid escalating concerns about the environment, pesticides, and food safety, urbanites are turning to community gardens to supply their fruits and vegetables.  Cities are also creating gardens to address "urban food deserts," or areas where access to fresh fruits and vegetables is limited.  Animal husbandry, of which urban hen-keeping is the most popular version, forms a significant part of the urban agriculture movement.  Sarasota, Austin, Charlotte, San Francisco, Little Rock, Mobile, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Boise, and Albuquerque all allow a limited number of hens on private property.  Proposed legislation is for hens in Duval County and a regulatory process.  Organizations such as Urban Chickens help dispel myths pertaining to urban chicken-keeping. Community Forum Cliff Notes Community Gardens in Riverside Avondale Historic District Sally Robson, RAP Board Member and Master GardenerSally spoke about RAP's Green space Committee and efforts to start a community garden in Riverside Avondale Historic District.  Potential locations include: Willowbranch Rose Garden Park, Peace Memorial Garden (next to Rose Garden), and Fishweir Park.  There is a possibility to have more than one community garden. Some options include either a large, shared garden or individual plots.  Jump-starting a Community Garden: Ideas and Partnership with Sustainable SpringfieldAmanda Searle, Sustainable Springfield Sustainable Springfield will be helping RAP set up one or more community gardens in Riverside Avondale. Amanda spoke about how Sustainable Springfield runs their community garden. Some of the most important aspects are establishing by-laws and annual dues that help keep the garden looking great and preventing issues from lack of maintenance.  By-laws help establish rules such as whether the garden will allow pesticides, size of plots, and other responsibilities of members.  The most important aspect is buy-in from the community in establishing how the garden should be run.Urban Hen-keeping and Proposed Hen Legislation for Duval County Lauren Trad, Hens in Jax Benefits of urban hens: ·         Health – better source of protein than Concentrated Animal Feed Operations (CAFO’s) that send eggs to our grocery stores, often from poorly run facilities and months old by the time they are consumed.·         Economic - Cheaper source of protein and[...]

RAP Member Richard Skinner & Associates Grace the Cover of Florida Architecture

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:50:00 +0000

RAP Small Business member Richard Skinner & Associates and DRC Chair, architect Greg Thomas, make the cover story of the latest edition (82nd) of Florida Architecture with a bold, elegant, and contemporary interpretation of a beach bungalow.

(image) Refugio do Gatao (Portuguese for "refuge of the big cat") is a Brazilian-inspired home nestled on the Florida shoreline and its lush landscape. Constructed largely of wood and stucco with large overhanging eaves gently held by handcrafted brackets, the home is at once traditional and also contemporary. "Its a simple house, with traditional forms like a gabled roof and wide porches," said architect Greg Thomas.  

There is a decidedly elegant, minimalist tendency, with natural materials taking supremacy. Cypress vaulted ceilings and walls counterbalance mahogany on doors and window frames, hickory on floors, and ipe on exterior decks. Here the materials are clean, "unfettered by ornament" Thomas explains.

The home is totally integrated into its natural environment. The living room and dinning room both seamlessly open to the exterior wrap-around porches.  Central to the design was a churrasqueira, a traditional Brazilian barbecue area.  Located near the entrance, it creates a welcoming area which connects the interior to the exterior. Another interesting space is the wine room, located beneath the house.  Project designer Richard Skinner comments, "It is made completely out of Brazilian purpleheart, which has an interesting spilled wine feel."

RAP would like to congratulate Skinner & Associates and Greg Thomas on this distinction. (image)

Hygema House Movers Selected for Foundation Portion of Buckland House Restoration

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 21:00:00 +0000

RAP is honored to announce the bid for the foundation component of the restoration work, after an arduous selection process, has been awarded to Hygema House Movers. RAP assembled a committee comprised of: Executive Director, Carmen Godwin; Preservation and Education Coordinator, Laura Lavernia; Project Architect, Greg Thomas; and Contractor, Bill Smart owner of River City Restoration. A request for bids was issued and bids were evaluated based on--in order of importance-- experience and staff qualifications, thoroughness of scope, schedule, and cost. Based on careful evaluation of criteria and extensive interviews, RAP has awarded the foundation portion of the project to Hygema House Movers.  Pictured: beloved RAP member Jerry Spinks (1938 - 2011)Established in 1930, Hygema has a long-standing history and reputation for excellence providing specialized services for historic structures in the areas of: structural moving (historical, masonry, brick, block, frame), foundation repairs, house leveling, termite damage repairs, and structural repairs.  They have been involved in previous projects with RAP, specifically during the early years of the organization's history when the organization was moving historic structures as a last resort in able to save them from imminent demolition.  Hygema House Movers is also a proud sponsor of the Buckland House Restoration project.  Their main project contribution consists of materials and other costs associated with construction.  Their proposal consisted in rebuilding the foundation salvaging the existing exterior rusticated blocks, leveling the house and the front porch, re-pouring cracked front concrete steps, and plumbing (straightening) the porch, particularly re-setting the columns that are currently leaning as a result of the settlement.---This project has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, administered through the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission. [...]

Hey! We've Got Some Hay We'd Like to Give Away!

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 22:17:00 +0000

RAP fall pic - bales of hay
We need to deck the out with Fall!  As part of our fall decor, on our front porch we have 9 bales of hay. It would not be very sustainable of us to simply throw these out, so we researched options and ideas to re-use or recycle bales of hay.  Now all we need are folks to come and get it!  First come, first serve (RAP Temporary Offices 2705 Riverside Avenue, corner of Riverside and King). 

Options for Re-Use of Hay Bales

Mulch AlternativeDismantle the bale and work the hay into the soil.  Mulching with hay after the fall will add organic material to the soil as it decomposes during the winter months.  If you add hay to your compost pile, that will speed up decomposition. 

Props to You!Either as imaginative walls for a children's fort (just think, Fort Bale!) or props for your country themed decor...the possibilities are endless. Planning to shoot a country music video, anyone?  We even ran across articles suggesting using hay bales for seating at country-themed weddings. 

How Does your Garden Grow?Apparently, hay bale gardening is popular is you have poor soil quality.  You can plant a vegetable garden in a bale of hay. Tomatoes and okra will require a trellis to help support them. 

We hope we've inspired you to consider creative re-use.  Please share with us any other creative options and ideas!  Brighten your day with some free hay!


Christmas in Avondale Tonight

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 14:12:00 +0000

Tonight (Friday, December 2, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm) sleigh bells will ring, choruses will sing, and it will be Christmas in Avondale.  This event organized by the Avondale Merchants Association is a tradition in our neighborhood dating back at least 25 years. Christmas in Avondale celebrates the art of giving and community.  The list of who and what is planned is exhaustive.  Street will be closed, an ice slide assembled, and Santa will make a guest appearance. First Coast Chorus and Fishweir School Chorus, will be signing carols. There will be horse and buggy rides down Ingleside Avenue. Santa will make his appearance riding his "sleigh" around 6:00pm and will be at Avondale Artworks the rest of the evening. Merhants will have special treats in each of their stores.  Also of note is the participation of the award-winning Legacy Baton Twirlers, Dance Trance Kids, face painting and temporary tattoos for children and, last but certainly not least, Blossom the Possum from MoSH will make a guest appearance.  As merchants deck their halls in preparation for the event (and the window decorating contest), we got to thinking about the art of giving.  "People want to give something that they will be remembered by - something meaningful.  It's the sentiment and not the cost.  A gift is about what stirs the soul, about what makes people happy.  A gift can be a treasured memory," said Samantha Wyatt from Avondale Gift Boutique. "Accessories make the perfect gift.  They add a personal touch to every outfit and can be relatively inexpensive, said Dianne Garcia of J. Ashley Boutique.  A great scarf is a perfect present, as scarves have been the go-to accessory for women for a couple of seasons now. We certainly never under-estimate  what a good pashmina can do!For the foodie, try Green Man Gourmet (they will have mulled cider--that's Christmas in a cup).  With an extraordinary selection of spices, salts, and rubs, they are sure to have the right cooking accessory for the epicurean in your family.  One can never go wrong with baked goods from Let them Eat Cake or Peterbrooke Chocolatier.  The perfect accessory for the home, according to Cowford Traders is their best-selling Fraiser Fir candle (there is no merrier scent).  For a truly unique gift, consider an art piece from Avondale Artworks or a beautiful oriental rug from Hooshang.  The most important gift of all is the experience of the event and the memories created year after year.  "Christmas in Avondale is our gift to the community," said Dianne Garcia of J. Ashley, President of the Avondale Merchants Association. [...]

Local Electrician Hangs Holiday Decorations at Park and King

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:59:00 +0000

Kyle Kestner on self-propelled lift
The Holiday spirit is alive and well in our neighborhood!  Charlie Alderman, of Alderman Electric, met Councilman Jim Love and aide Kevin Kuzel (President and Treasurer of Park & King Area Merchants Association, respectively) at 6 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving to aid with the hanging of holiday decorations. Charlie graciously volunteered to help install holiday banners and ornamental candy cane decorations on the eighty light poles in the Park & King commercial district. 

The process was much smoother than the traditional manner of hanging light pole decorations (ladder) with the self-propelled lift loaned by RSC Equipment Rental.  Kyle Kestner, employee of Alderman Electric, ran the lift and banners were installed in an expedient manner. As this is the season of giving, Charlie Alderman also repaired twenty or so light pole arms that were broken at his cost. 

Park & King Merchants Association and Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to Charlie for this early holiday present!

For more information about Alderman Electric, please call (904) 778-9631.(image)

History of the Buckland House

Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:04:00 +0000

George Buckland and family in JacksonvilleThe Buckland House is significant to the social history as well as the architectural history of Jacksonville, FL.  The home was built around 1909 (property appraiser records have final construction date recorded as 1912) and it currently serves as the headquarters for Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) as well as the Riverside Arts Market (RAM). The Buckland Family The house on Herschel Street appears to have been built for the Buckland Family and was owned by this family for nearly eighty years.  Former owner George Buckland practiced law in Ohio with his father, Ralph Buckland, who was a colleague of former US president Rutherford B. Hayes in the 1840s and a former mayor of Freemont, OH, former member of the US House of Representatives, and a leader of the 72nd Ohio infantry during the Civil War.  George Buckland  moved to Jacksonville in 1908 to work for the gas company.  He was known for his weekly column, "Family Pages from the Past" published in the Florida Metropolis newspaper.  He married Grace Huntington and had two daughters: Mary and Charlotte.  Buckland House Becomes the French Primary School In 1918, Grace and daughter Mary founded the French Primary School at the Buckland House.  Grace taught the children French, while Mary attended to their primary education, "The Three R's." The Buckland family continued to live in the home while it served as a school.  There are accounts of the butler and maid assisting with moving the furniture to accommodate for desks and such. The French Primary School taught some of Jacksonville's most prominent citizens and operated until Mrs. Buckland's death in the 1940s.  Daughter Charlotte never taught at the School, but taught Biology at Duval County Public Schools.  Buckland House Donated to RAP for Headquarters From 1978 to 1990, RAP was headquartered on 2624 Riverside Avenue.  The expansion of St. Vincents Medical Center made the relocation of 2624 necessary for that home's only salvation.  RAP saved the house by moving it to Powell Place, a street zoned for strictly residential use, and in the process lost it as its offices.  Harry Blanton, a long-time supporter and resident on Herschel Street, learned of RAP's predicament and reached out to Helen Chatfield Black of Cincinnati, OH who had inherited the Buckland House from her cousin Charlotte Buckland in 1990. Mrs. Black was so moved by RAP's story and circumstance that in an extraordinary act of generosity deeded the Buckland House to our organization. The Buckland House was officially dedicated as our new headquarters on March 16, 1991.  This year marked the 20th anniversary of RAP owning the Buckland House. [...]

5 Points Wants Your Blood!

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:43:00 +0000

(image) Please come out to 5 Points this Saturday and donate blood!

The Blood Alliance will have their bloodmobile in front of the Theatre Building from noon until 5 pm.

Enjoy a free snack from Tasti D-Lite and coupons from many other 5 Points Merchants as a Thank You!

5 Points Horror Fest this weekend!

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:53:00 +0000

Check out the lineup of horror films at the 5 Points Theatre - new and classic, family-friendly and not so much...

Friday at 7 pm you can see Nosferatu, the original vampire movie, with a new live score by Tony Steve and Bob Moore. Our silent classics have been very popular!

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At 9:30 there's Norwegian faux-doc Trollhunter and at 11:30 see the re-mastered 1979 Italian classic Zombie.

Check out the full lineup here! And don't miss the totally restored North Florida classic Zaat! - returning to the big screen on Sunday night at 7:30! Producer Don Barton will be there, along with several members of the cast including the monster itself.

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Sustainability: Historic Green – Passive Strategies for Heating and Cooling

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:27:00 +0000

Written by: Corie Baker, AIA, LEED AP, Pond and CompanyThe continued use and reuse of historic buildings is, at its core, a sustainable building practice – it reduces demolition waste, it reduces the use of new materials and resources, and it limits new infrastructure needs. In addition, historic buildings often utilized passive heating and cooling strategies, which are still relevant today and can help reduce the loads on modern mechanical equipment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A historic building may employ one or more of the following passive strategies for heating and cooling.TreesWhen our older homes and neighborhoods were planned, trees were strategically preserved to protect our buildings from harsh winds and to regulate solar gain. Deciduous trees were often located along southern exposures as they provide shade from the harsh sun in the summer and then loose their leaves in the winter to allow the sun in when the heat is needed. In addition, trees help lower surrounding air temperatures by transpiring water and shading surfaces. Because they lower air temperatures, shade buildings in the summer, and block winter winds, they have proven to reduce building energy use and cooling costs. “USFS estimates the annual effect of well-positioned trees on energy use in conventional houses at savings between 20-25% when compared to a house in a wide-open area. (USFS meteorologist Gordon Heisler). Projections suggest that 100 million additional mature trees in US cities (3 trees for every unshaded single family home) could save over $2 billion in energy costs per year.”Overhangs, Awnings and EavesYou will notice that many historic structures incorporated front porches with large overhangs, awnings over windows or large roof eaves. These components have all been carefully sized to allow the winter sun to reach into the home when the sun is low in the sky and the solar heat gain is welcome and prevent the summer sun from directly penetrating into the building when the sun is high in the sky and we are trying to cool our buildings. Cross VentilationCross ventilation relies on wind to force exterior air into the building and interior air out of the building. Historic buildings were oriented to maximize the cross ven[...]

State of the Re:Union Live Multimedia Performance@ MOCA

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:30:00 +0000

(image) Join NPR host Al Letson and the rest of the State of the Re:Union team for an exciting night out while helping support a Jacksonville-based public radio show on Saturday, October 22nd at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Downtown Jacksonville. The ticketed event will feature a cocktail hour and two shows, each a multimedia experience featuring a performance by host Al Letson, compiled with audio and video from the second season of State of the Re:Union.

Show times are at 7:00pm and 8:30pm with the cocktail hour beginning one hour prior to show time. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

Advance purchase tickets are only $15 each (100% tax deductible) with a limited number available. The price goes up to $20 at the door if seating is still available. Purchase Tickets »

About State of the Re:Union
State of the Re:Union is a Jacksonville-based NPR show that celebrates the cohesiveness and diversity of America. Each episode, host Al Letson travels to a new city or town to examine what makes community, who are the people that bring it together and what are the issues they face.

Visit State of the Re:Union's website for more details

College Football at the 5 Points Theatre

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:39:00 +0000

(image) Come out to the 5 Points Theatre and watch the game of the season (so far) as UF plays Alabama!

Saturday at 8 pm. Admission is free.

Beer, pizza and popcorn will be served as always.