While you’re in the neighborhood, you can’t miss these other community destinations! The following locations do not require Home Tour tickets.
*Public restrooms and water available. Saturday only.
Under the Fuller Warren Bridge
715 Riverside Avenue
Unprecedented in size and scope, the Riverside Arts Market provides a dependable storefront for artists/artisans, food artists, food vendors and farmer/growers to sell their products, and provides a marvelous family entertainment destination each weekend on the St. Johns River. The Riverside Arts Market is one of the finest local examples of a public/private partnership, with funding for its extensive infrastructure obtained from FDOT, the City of Jacksonville, JEA, JTA and Fidelity National. RAM is a program of Riverside Avondale Preservation.
*Public restrooms and water available. Saturday of the tour only.
2875 Park Street
Opened in November 1930, Willowbranch is the oldest running public library in Jacksonville. Designed by architect Bernard Close, Willowbranch Library underwent extensive renovations that closed the library in 2014-2015. The library reopened in November 2015, and is a 2017 winner of Riverside Avondale Preservation’s Annual Preservation Awards in Outstanding Site Improvements.
831 College Street (intersection of College Street and I-95 overpass)
The John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park is located at the northwest corner of Riverside Park, adjacent to College Street. Approximately one-third of the property, under the Interstate 95 overpass, has been re-purposed from a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) storage lot and added to the existing lands of Riverside Park. This formerly unused part of the park has been transformed into a community gathering spot for people and pets!
Through an in-kind donation from the Haskell Company, and with the support of Riverside Avondale Preservation, a small group of community members met regularly with a landscape architect to develop a plan for the park. With further support from the Florida Department of Transportation and the Jacksonville City Council, the land under the bridge and part of Riverside Park has been transformed to a great public use. Councilman Jim Love, matched his District Council Bond Funds with private funds from many generous donors, and created a successful public private partnership.
The park is a City of Jacksonville park, free to the public, open dawn to dusk, and subject to all City park rules and regulations.
Corner of Park Street and Azalea Terrace (across from Willowbranch Library, 2875 Park Street)
Years in the making, the Community Garden is a grassroots effort led by Riverside Avondale Preservation and dedicated volunteers that transformed a neighborhood corner into a thriving urban garden. The design of the garden, “Curve” by Dorina Bakari, was selected by the community and a panel of judges from entries into the AIA Emerging Design Professionals Design Contest. Another public/private success story, the garden construction and operation are in the good hands of committed volunteers and gardeners. Like the Dog Park, the Garden is an activated space that brings the community together. Classes and tours of the garden, open to the public, help educate the community on healthy eating, growing produce, and gardening in general.
The garden consists of 4’x20’ plots arranged around a central axis, a public herb garden, benches integrated into the enclosure, and spaces for a butterfly garden, rose garden and fruit trees in the public spaces. It is also unique for including accessible gardening beds. There is currently a waiting list for garden plots, but be sure to stop by and visit.
The Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society provides tours of Native Park, appropriately located at 3312 Park Street, on Saturday, April 14 from 10am to 3pm. Tour Native Park to see and learn how you can make a difference in your yard by using native plants. The Society also holds its second annual native plant sale during those hours. All proceeds from the sale are used to purchase additional plants for Native Park. For details on the plant sale visit their Facebook.
*Public restroom and water available. Saturday and Sunday of the tour.
The Buckland House is significant to the social history as well as the architectural history of Jacksonville, FL. The home was built around between 1909-1913 and it currently serves as the headquarters for Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP).
The house was built for the Buckland’s and was owned by the family for nearly eighty years. George Buckland practiced law in Ohio with his father, Ralph Buckland, who was a colleague of former US president Rutherford B. Hayes. George Buckland moved to Jacksonville in 1908 to work for the gas company. He married Grace Huntington and had two daughters: Mary and Charlotte. In 1918, Grace and daughter Mary founded the French Primary School at the Buckland House. The school taught some of Jacksonville’s most prominent citizens and operated until Mrs. Buckland’s death in the 1940s.
Helen Chatfield Black, a cousin of Charlotte’s, donated the home to RAP. The Buckland House was dedicated as our new headquarters on March 16, 1991. The house underwent a full restoration that was completed in 2015, winning a City of Jacksonville Historic Preservation Award.
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