Save Our Schools

The Master Facility Plan recently presented to the Duval County School Board includes recommendations that are equal parts shocking and disheartening: the closure or demolition of multiple historic schools. These schools include West Riverside and Fishweir elementary schools, both of which are located in the Riverside Avondale Historic District. Schools are a critical part of […]

Pride Month in Riverside Avondale

For the LGBTQIA+ community, the Riverside Avondale neighborhoods have been a longstanding and supportive place to work, live and play. In 1978, just four years after Riverside Avondale Preservation was founded, a Pride picnic was hosted in Willowbranch Park, marking what would later become the home of Jacksonville’s annual Pride Parade and Festival. This month, […]

RAP adds an Archivist for Buckland House Special Projects

“A world without archives is us without any sense of orientation, any sense of who we are, any sense of locality. Archives are vital as much for our past as for our future.” —Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford, former Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art With a staggeringly rich and diverse pool of current […]

SR 211 – Resurfacing Project

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is scheduled to resurface Herschel St./St. Johns Ave./Riverside Avenue (State Road 211) from San Juan Avenue to I-95 (under the Fuller Warren Bridge) beginning in summer 2024. In addition to milling and resurfacing, project improvements include shoulder treatment, sidewalks and ADA curb upgrades, shared-use lane markings, signals, highway signage, […]

4th annual Yarden Tour

Redubbed the “Yarden Tour”, this blended term speaks to the combination of yards and gardens represented at this annual event. Aimed at showcasing the unique ways people landscape in small areas, convert backyards into extensions of their homes, sustain biodiversity and wildlife with native plants, or feed their families, this event is a great way […]

50th annual Home Tour presented by David Gray Home Services

RAP's 50th Annual Home Tour presented by David Gray Home Services

This year is a milestone. The 50th anniversary of the 1974 Home Tour is a demonstration of the momentousness of this signature event. It is more than an event. The Home Tour is the manifestation of our values as an organization and our principles of preservation and rehabilitation.  This year, to celebrate our Golden Anniversary, […]

Welcome Kandice Clark, Creative Placemaking Specialist!

Riverside Avondale Preservation is proud to announce our newest staff position expanding our capacity in community engagement and public art. Kandice Clark joins our team as Creative Placemaking Specialist. This position seeks to preserve, maintain, and enhance public places in the historic district through collaboratively working with the community. This role will improve public areas through […]