Riverside Avondale Preservation Awards 2020

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.

There are two award categories: Design & Construction Awards and Services Awards.

Design & Construction Awards

RAP recognizes the diligent work, careful design and craftsmanship of homeowners, do it yourselfers and construction professionals. Projects range from new construction to renovations to smaller do it yourself projects. 

Service Awards

This award recognizes acts of service and philanthropy by individuals, businesses and organizations. We recognize a range of activities from a small acts of neighborliness up to large programs of stewardship and patronage.

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.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners!


Adaptive Reuse


2105 Park Street

The Thomsen Companies

JAA Architects

Duckworth Construction

An extensive interior remodel and exterior facelift transformed a run-down office building into a space that embraces the pedestrian area of Park St and extends the vibrancy of 5 Points further into Riverside. The building now houses Soluna Yoga + Spa, Megas Appraisal Group, The Healing Playroom, and Wildcrafters.⁠⠀

Outstanding New Construction


1881 Powell Place

William Leuthold, Architect

Margaret & Douglas Rowe

John Merrill Homes, Adam Merrill

After the original structure was so damaged during Hurricane Irma that it had to be torn down, the Powell Place team was faced with the challenge of building a new home that would blend into the historic district and also meet a myriad of flood zone requirements. These needs were addressed by constructing a large wraparound porch to translate the home's required pilings into a historical context. The home is elevated, but the entry stairs and one-story garage help connect the home to ground plane, while also easing the transition between this home and its lower adjacent neighbors.⁠⠀

Architectural Rehabilitation


2606 Park Street

Jacksonville Pediatric

Nathan Bussey

Terry Smalls, Contractor

Jacksonville Pediatrics has operated in this space since 1965. As a thriving business, Jacksonville Pediatrics turned its attention to the streetscape outside to create a more welcoming facade and accentuate some of the building's original architectural details. The last phase of work will restore a paved right of way to a landscaped bed.⁠⠀


2717 Riverside Avenue

DW Meyers Constructors, Inc

Richard Skinner & Associates, David B. Case AIA

Studio M Design, Marsha Faulkner

After piecemeal additions and neglected systems left the building in disrepair, owner David Meyers embarked on a 5 year project to overhaul the entire structure. Any element that could be salvaged was restored, while other components were carefully replicated to remain true to the building's original design. New energy-efficient interior systems now allow 2717 Riverside to operate as a "green" building for the years to come.⁠⠀


3886 Eloise St

Bold City Properties


Glenn chose exposed rafter tails, a traditional entry way and front porch, and a simple, refreshing color palette for this once -forgettable home, enhancing its historical interest while also remaining in step with current trends. An open and inviting interior remodel complements the home's exterior facelift.⁠⠀


2605 Herschel Street

Donny Mak


For this project, Donny found the perfect balance between preserving the home's historic integrity and adding fresh, contemporary touches to the design. Donny's work on the property included a complete overhaul of the accessory garage. ⁠ Many may remember this house as a past Home Tour property while renovations were still being completed, so it's wonderful to see the finished product!


2982 St. Johns Avenue

McGregor & Mary Elizabeth Lott

South Quarter Build

Southeastern Subcontractors, Kevin Dougherty

Homeowners Mary Elizabeth and McGregor Lott have worked tirelessly to correctly source and restore key parts of their home. From replacing the entire roof with clay tiles from the original manufacturer to stripping and refinishing all the original door and window hardware, no detail was left untouched. ⁠⠀



Friends of the Parks


Service in Boone Park

Bill Jones


Service in Riverside Park

Walter Bryant


Service in Willowbranch Park

Richard Ceriello

Award of Merit


RAP ReLeaf

Richard Leon, City of Jacksonville

Kathleen McGovern, City of Jacksonville

Wayne Wood Award


Outstanding Service to Riverside Avondale

Pamela Telis