FOR THE FUTURE
DR. WAYNE W. WOOD
has been called “the undisputed
godfather of preservation in Jacksonville.” After getting a
degree in English from Emory University and a Doctorate of Optometry
from the University of Houston, he came to Jacksonville in 1971.
Three years later he founded Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc.,
which has grown to be one of the largest neighborhood preservation
groups in the South. In 1975 he was appointed to the Jacksonville
Historic Landmarks Commission. He served consecutively on this
Commission longer than any other member, including three years as
Wayne has played a key role in saving many of
the city's endangered landmarks, including the Union Terminal train
station, Old St. Lukes Hospital, the St. James Building, the Florida
Life Building and many buildings in Riverside & Avondale. He
helped draft the first version of the City's Historic Preservation
Ordinance in 1976, and he continued to lobby for its passage until its
final enactment fifteen years later.
spent most of his free time for over twelve years writing a book, Jacksonville's Architectural
Heritage: Landmarks for the Future. This 424-page volume about
the history of this city's architecture went on sale in December of
1989 and was sold out in ten days. The book has won numerous
awards. Now in its fourth printing, it remains as Jacksonville’s
all-time local best-selling book.
2003 he co-produced another large book with architect Bob Broward,
entitled Henry John Klutho and the
Prairie Style in Jacksonville. This lavishly illustrated
volume tells the story of this city’s greatest architectural genius and
how he dramatically changed Jacksonville.
has written three books that have had companion exhibits in the Cummer
Museum of Art & Gardens. In 1994 Wayne wrote the book, The Living Heritage of Riverside &
Avondale, as a companion piece to an exhibit in the
Cummer. Then in 2001, he wrote a book to commemorate the
centennial of Jacksonville’s most significant historical event, The Great Fire of 1901. Also
featured with an exhibit at the Cummer, the book is in its second
printing and has won an award for graphic design.
latest book, also featured with an exhibit at the Cummer, is his
largest book to date. The
Jacksonville Familty Album: 150 Years of the Art of Photography
is an oversized coffee-table book with hundreds of photographs which
reveal the history of Jacksonville while celebrating photography as a
high art form. It had been called “the most beautiful book about
Jacksonville ever published. The first edition sold out and is in its
last three books are published by the Jacksonville Historical Society,
which receives all of the proceeds from his work.
is an optometrist in private practice, with offices in Riverside and
Ponte Vedra. He is nationally recognized for his innovative work
in contact lenses. He has written dozens of articles in
optometric journals and is on the editorial boards of several national
eyecare magazines. He has published a book for optometrists that
has become a best-seller. Wayne has presented hundreds of
lectures to optometrists throughout the U.S and in over twenty foreign
countries. For 15 years he was the chairman of Vision Expo, the
largest educational conference for eyecare professionals in North
J. TOOL, JR., is a native of
Jacksonville with a deep interest in the preservation of the city's
historical and architectural heritage. In 1979 he was appointed as the
first-ever director of the Jacksonville Historic Landmarks Commission,
a position he held for more than five years. During this period he was
the chief researcher of the material upon which this book is based,
earning him the title of "Jacksonville's Super Sleuth of Old
Buildings." After leaving the Landmarks Commission, Tool served as
executive director of the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission.
He returned to Jacksonville in 1985, establishing his own firm
specializing in architectural surveys, research, and planning. A year
later, he was recruited again to direct the Jacksonville Historic
Landmarks Commission, allowing him to assist in the completion of
Jacksonville's Architectural Heritage. Tool served as an aide to mayors
Tommy Hazouri and Jake Godbold. He
then worked for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and is curently a
commercial real estate specialist.
W. McEACHIN grew up in Panama
City, Florida, and later attended Florida State University and Florida
A. & M. University, graduating with a Masters in Anthropology and
Social Studies Education. For eight years he worked at the Tallahassee
Junior Museum, a 52-acre nature center, zoo, and nature museum.
McEachin served as the Museum's assistant director from 1980 to 1984.
He was then hired as director of the Jacksonville Historic Landmarks
Commission and helped with the completion of research for this book. In
1986 he left his position with the Landmarks Commission to become
executive director of Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc. He
returned to work for the City of Jacksonville in 1989 and became the
city's first historic preservation planner. He now holds the title of
Senior Planner with the Jacksonville Historic Preservation
is an architectural
photographer whose work has received recognition from architects and
interior designers throughout the state of Florida. She is a former
student of the noted American photographer Ansel Adams. Her commercial
work has been featured in numerous books, as well as in local and
national periodicals. Davis's award-winning photographs have appeared
in distinguished exhibits in Washington, D.C., and in Florida.
VEDAS, free-lance photographer,
began his career in 1981, assisting Judy Davis with the creation of
illustrations for this book. Forming the Davis & Vedas Studio, the
two photographers have produced a monumental collection of over 1,000
pictures of Jacksonville's historic buildings.
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credit to Jacksonville's Architectural Heritage by Wayne W.
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