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Riverside Avondale Preservation's Annual Meeting & Historic Preservation Awards

Thursday, February 17th, 6:30 p.m

Riverside Baptist Church

The Riverside Avondale Preservation Annual Meeting will be held on February 17 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Riverside Baptist Church located at Park and King Street. This stunning space was designed by Addison Mizner in 1925. Mizner is famed for shaping the architectural direction of South Florida in his well-known Mediterranean Revival style. Learn more about his North Florida masterpiece and mark your calendar!

Register for our Annual Meeting & Historic Preservation Awards to set a calendar reminder.

These are the two categories for nominations:

Design and Construction Awards

Design Awards are open to built projects of all sizes and classifications including new construction, historic preservation, additions, remodeling, renovations, adaptive reuse, landscaping and interiors.

The purpose is to celebrate the excellent work of builders, designers, craftsmen and homeowners who preserve and enhance the beauty and integrity of our district.

To nominate a project, you will need the contact information, location, a description of the project, photos including before and after (if possible) and plans.

Service Awards

Service Awards are presented to projects, programs or people that have improved our neighborhood in 2021. This award recognizes acts of service and philanthropy by individuals, businesses and organizations. We recognize a range of activities from a small act of neighborliness up to large programs of stewardship and patronage.

To nominate a project you will need names, and address if applicable, a description for why you are submitting a nomination and photos if applicable.

Judges reviewed each nomination this year with an eye toward how the nominee reflected RAP’s Core Principles:

  • Preserving and promoting the historic fabric.
  • Supporting vibrant, independent, local businesses.
  • Supporting quality of life improvements.
  • Honoring our community.
  • Promoting respectful, mutually-beneficial relationships.

Deadline for all nominations should be emailed to by January 16th! 


Check out our previous Preservation Award winners from 20212020 and 2019 as a reminder of the fantastic ways our neighborhood has improved over the last few years. Please call or email Shannon with questions at (904) 389-2449 or

2022 Historic Preservation Awards (1)

Reoccuring Events:

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET - A weekly market featuring over 100 artists, makers and farmers.

Every Saturday, ~200,000 visitors per year

FIRST FRIDAY - A monthly meet up featuring food, drinks and live music at a local business.

Every First Friday on the Month, up to 100 participants

LUMINARIA - Luminaria brings neighbors together as they walk along candle-lit sidewalks to socialize with friends.

December 2022, TBD. Estimated 15,000 participants

HOME TOUR - A celebration of Jacksonville’s architectural history with Riverside and Avondale’s National Historic Registered neighborhoods. 

April 9-10, 2022, estimated 3,000 visitors

GARDEN TOUR - Draw inspiration from a variety of gardens in the historic district. From manicured landscaping to wild and natural, there are gardens for all tastes. 

May 7, 2022, estimated 1,500 visitors

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