What we do for our community

Preserve Riverside Avondale’s historic fabric and unique character.

The diversity and integrity of our architecture is our distinguishing hallmark. Our traditional neighborhood design fosters accessibility, walkability, safety, and connectedness. Our parks, trees, and river provide beauty, enjoyment, and recreation.

Promote local businesses, arts, and culture.

We support vibrant, independent, local businesses and our local business districts. We collaborate and engage with our local businesses to promote and sustain local, independent enterprises in lively, commercial districts.

Advocate with and for the neighborhood.

We support appropriate initiatives to improve the quality of life consistent with preserving our historic fabric. We protect and enhance our traditional street grid, advocate for safe pedestrian- and bike-friendly projects, and appropriate land use, zoning, and historic regulations. We work to create a balance between sometimes conflicting interests which fit with and complement the neighborhood.

Celebrate community.

We honor our community by celebrating traditions, hosting and promoting events, and telling stories to bond the neighborhood together in an inclusive and welcoming way. Thousands come each weekend to stroll the isles of the Riverside Arts Market. Our annual Luminaria and Home Tour events bring neighbors together and highlight the beauty of our natural environment.

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Our Events

Nominate someone for a Riverside Avondale Preservation Award

Riverside Avondale Preservation is pleased to honor individuals, organizations and businesses within our historic district that exemplify outstanding achievement in historic preservation and the welcoming and inclusive nature of our neighborhoods.

Nominating categories include: Architectural Preservation, Architectural Adaptive Reuse, Best New Construction, Good Neighbor Award, Stewardship Award, Home Craftsman Award, Business Craftsman Award, RAP Preservation Award, The RAP Award of Merit.

Home Tour - April 27-28

Jacksonville’s premier Home Tour is returning for its 44th year with a variety of historic homes of different architectural styles.

Trees in the Historic District - January 17,     7 pm - Riverside Presbyterian Church

Our historic district has a beautiful tree canopy. Maintaining that canopy becomes more important as many trees originally planted approximately 100 years ago are nearing the end of their life span. Richard Leon, COJ Urban Forest Manager, will update us on the RAP ReLeaf program and give advice on how to keep your trees in their best health.

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Even today volunteers work through Riverside Avondale Preservation to maintain and enhance our neighborhood.

OUR STORY

About RAP

Residents of Riverside & Avondale saw bulldozers destroying historically significant buildings in the early 1970s. The incredibly diverse architectural treasure was created after the great fire of 1901 that decimated downtown Jacksonville. Soon after some of the most innovated architects of their time came here to paint a new canvas of Mediterranean, Georgia revival, tutor, prairie, and bungle style homes.

The residents gathered together, organized under the name Riverside Avondale Preservation and overwhelmed City Hall with the demand to save the historic fabric of their community. Over 1,400 homes had been destroyed before they succeeded in creating the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Ordinance. But what is left is what makes us unique. Our architecture, commercial districts and public spaces bring joy to residents and is a destination for shoppers and tourists.

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Feature Story

CenterState Bank/King Street Project  Requires Collaboration

There may be changes coming to the CenterState Bank Building at 1234 King Street in the heart of the historic district. Riverside Avondale Preservation will help you stay current on what is happening, and how this project is expected to affect nearby residents and business owners.