Riverside Avondale


Architectural Diversity, Neighborhood Ambiance

  • Home to Florida’s most diverse collection of architecture; neighborhood showcases 15 styles, including Colonial Revival, Spanish Eclectic, Queen Anne, Craftsman, and Tudor Revival
  • Composed in part from two National Register districts — Riverside (1985) and Avondale (1989); combined into one local district (1998) that is a mile wide and three miles long; 70 percent of its 5,000 structures contribute to historic status
  • Moss-draped oaks frame streets; spacious, well-tended lawns surround riverfront estates
  • Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) established (1974); secured historic district designation, encourages individual preservation efforts, develops events and activities. RAP and the neighborhood were leaders in the initiation of the historic preservation movement in Jacksonville

Neighborhood Diversity

  • Ethnically, racially, and economically diverse.
  • Housing options include high-rise assisted living facilities, modern and historic apartments, riverfront estates. Riverside Avondale Development Organization (1998) keeps housing affordable by renovating and constructing homes
  • Five commercial centers, each with distinct personality, serve neighborhood
  • Eighteen houses of worship including Protestant, Catholic churches; Buddhist center

Diversity of Transportation Options

  • Since first streetcar lines extended during the second half of the 19th century, neighborhood connected to the city’s downtown by trolley
  • Five Jacksonville Transportation Authority bus lines stop in Riverside Avondale
  • Two-mile-long Northbank River Walk connects Riverside Avondale with downtown

Diversity of Amenities

  • More than a dozen schools, including Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Kent Campus
  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center (1928) started as 200-bed facility on riverbank;  an expansive modern facility now incorporates the original building, and the hospital is a renowned state-of-the-art regional healthcare center
  • Abundance of parks and open space is neighborhood hallmark; Olmsted Brothers designed Memorial Park with signature statue, “Winged Victory”; Avondale’s initial plan includes 16 pocket parks; five large parks offer recreational options (including 16-court public tennis facilities)
  • Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens ablaze with rare horticultural specimens throughout year; 5,000 works encompass 8,000 years of art history
  • Framed by soaring neo-Gothic arches of Fuller Warren Bridge, Riverside Arts Market, a public-private partnership, is all-weather outdoor venue for entertainment, farmers markets, and events

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