Jacksonville's Architectural Heritage:
Landmarks for the Future
by Wayne W.
424 pages 12.25 x 9.5” (1996)
is believed to be on more coffee tables than any other book
Landmarks for the Future, a 424-page book produced
Jacksonville Historic Landmarks Commission in 1989, has been the city's
popular book for over a decade. It has won numerous awards and has been
by Dr. Wayne W. Wood, with research assistance from
Joel McEachin and Steve Tool, Jacksonville's Architectural Heritage is
comprehensive work ever published on Jacksonville's architecture.
book evolved over 15 years beginning in 1974, when it began as a
project for the
American Bicentennial. As with most other American cities,
fabric was rapidly changing in the mid-1970's.
The Jacksonville Historic Landmarks Commission (formerly the
Historical and Conservation Commission) sought to make an inventory of
and architecturally significant buildings. What started as a modest
evolved into a gargantuan undertaking.
Wood, who was chairman of the Commission at the time, set out to
pamphlet but wound up writing this 424-page book.
content with presenting a simple architectural description of each
has written a history of the development of Jacksonville, exploring
building in the context of the surrounding neighborhood and the people
lived there. With restless
inquisitiveness and a keen eye for detail, he has brought to life the
and architecture of Duval County in a way that will interest the
at the same time satisfying those with a scholarly interest in history
architecture. The book is arranged so it
can be used as a walking/driving tour of the city's neighborhoods, as
well as a
volume for leisure reading or serious study.
book contains over one thousand photographs and drawings.
These pictures present an impressive record
of Duval County's landmark sites. An
extensive portfolio of contemporary photographs by Judy Davis and David
is complemented by several hundred old photos gathered from collections
of buildings described in the text run the gamut from bungalows to
skyscrapers. But many unusual and
unexpected buildings are also featured, including an elephant house,
a bowling alley, garages, a lighthouse, antebellum ruins, airplane
beach houses, brothels, towers, forts, factories, movie studios, a
house, slave cabins, a wine cellar, a doghouse, and a pile of rocks
over a mile
long. The variety and richness of Duval County's architecture is
also has a number of buildings designed by nationally prominent
architects. It has a diversity of styles
equal to any other city its size in the United States and has had more
examples of the Prairie style than anywhere else outside the Midwest.
its emphasis is on architecture, this book also highlights many
landmarks that are not architectural. Sites such as bridges,
clocks, steam whistles, champion trees, statues, parks, brick streets,
cemeteries will capture the interest of the reader.
Architectural Heritage: Landmarks for the Future is a
that will give both natives and newcomers a comprehensive tour of Duval
County's history and architecture. It is
a compelling case for the preservation of our heritage.
Wayne W. Wood is an optometrist in private practice, in addition to his
historic preservation. He has published six books on Jacksonville
architecture, and he has presented lectures throughout the country on
and historic preservation. He was the
founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc., the city's largest
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