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Discover Jacksonville 2017

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COMMUNITIES being called one of the most beautiful streets in America. Architects and construction companies from all over the country had followed the fire to Jacksonville, and Riverside benefited greatly. Innovative home designs were commissioned by lumber magnate Wellington W. Cummer and his two sons, Waldo and Arthur, Jacksonville’s Mayor J.E.T. Bowden, Col. Raymond Cay and Episcopal Bishop Edwin G. Weed. Homes were designed by Mark & Sheftall, Henry J. Klutho and Addison Mizner. The expansion continued with the creation of Avondale, an exclusive development planned by a group of investors led by Telfair Stockton. Appealing unabashedly to the well-todo, Avondale was a huge success with nearly 200 homes built in its first two years. Most of the residences were two stories and many were designed in the Mediterranean Revival style, which Mizner had earlier taken to South Florida and which became the strongest architectural statement of 1920s Florida. Klutho brought the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Prairie style to Jacksonville. The simple bungalow, influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement, made a big statement: along with Avondale, Riverside has the largest collection of bungalows of any neighborhood in Florida. Thanks to historically minded people and the Riverside Avondale Preservation Association, much of that distinctive architecture remains today. You can 44 | 2017 DISCOVER JACKSONVILLE

COMMUNITIES All Wet Sports offered paddleboard lessons during the River Ruckus event sponsored by the St. Johns Riverkeeper and Riverside Arts Market in Downtown Jacksonville. (Will Dickey/Florida Times-Union) see many houses with the brown RAP plaque — symbolic of a restoration effort. Developers are also continuing to take a fresh look at old buildings and finding innovative new uses for them. The Riverside Arts Market has become a popular destination on Saturdays March through December. Based on a concept Dr. Wayne Wood, local historian, brought back to Jacksonville from Oregon, the location under the Fuller Warren Bridge provides protection from the weather and features local artists in a number of media, baked goods, entertainment, a farmers market and something for just about everyone. Where Park and King streets intersect has become the hub of gastropubs, bakeries, restaurants, vintage shops and a popular meeting place. The Blind Rabbit, Kickbacks, Carmine’s Pie House, and Lola’s Burrito and Burger Joint are interspersed with smaller local offerings and longtime favorites, such as Whiteway Deli, which has been around since the 1920s. Breweries, Bold City Brewery and Intuition Ale Works, have also found a home on King Street. The area has homes in every price range from bungalows up to millions of dollars for estates on the St. Johns River. The average home price is $253,000. St. Nicholas (Empire Point) Jolly old neighborhood St. Nicholas’ history began in 1822 2017 DISCOVER JACKSONVILLE | 45