Riverside Avondale Preservation Awards 2021
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.
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!
New Construction Residential
New Construction Commercial
3689 Eloise St.
Bold City Properties
Glenn Chandler- Owner
Southern Grounds – Stellers Building
Skinner Jones Properties
Group 4 Design
This is a fine example of new construction in the historic district. In fact, the jury initially mistook it for a renovation. They found this project to be “the right size in the right place”. The builder spent a great deal of time studying homes in the district and drew inspiration for this design from several nearby homes.
The scale of this home is excellent and the attention to detail at the front entry noteworthy. The lovely wooden entry door and simple brick detailing add scale and authenticity to the design.
This is the first major project in the Shoppes of Avondale since Mellow Mushroom and the jury found it a very positive addition to the streetscape. The scale of the large building is broken down into two unique storefronts of differing heights. This helps transition from the taller buildings at the center of the block to the lower facades further out. The contemporary language of the design is fresh but works well with its historic neighbors.
The jury particularly liked the color chosen for the taller section, it is quiet and simple, and delightfully focuses attention on the historic art deco façade to the right.
The large outdoor seating area adds to the public space while respecting the line of the street façade.
The owner and his team included innovative ways to support retail in the final design. The team produced a project which is sensitive to the context and a resource for the entire neighborhood.
2111 River Boulevard- Residential
Zinn Architects & Interiors
Avondale Animal Hospital- Commercial
Restoration of the Landscaping Beds in Memorial Park
Memorial Park Association
City of Jacksonville
This existing home is a good example of a modernist design which works well in the historic district because it respects the scale and rhythm of the streetscape.
Hurricane damage to the first floor of this unique home put its future at risk in 2017, almost 50 years after it was originally built for the Fisher Family by architects Fisher and Associates of Jacksonville. ZINN Architecture and Interiors designed and oversaw every aspect of the loving restoration.
The entire structure was gutted to the studs, but the floor plan was preserved. The central stair was also completely re-constructed as a key feature connecting the living room and kitchen. The lines of the facade were restored to more closely resemble the original 1978 proportions, creating a lighter front assembly that floats in front of the river-facing facade.
The completely restored home is bathed in natural light and presents a tasteful and modern
facade amongst its more traditional neighbors. The jurors appreciated the respect the designers showed for the original design and the careful and elegant detailing of the entire renovation.
This project is a well-done adaptive reuse of what was originally a residential structure, then a salon and now a veterinary clinic. This is an intensive use that the design team has incorporated into the structure while maintaining some of the original interior elements such as the fireplace.
A large addition was seamlessly integrated with the massing of the original bungalow.
A thoughtful update of the existing exterior used the porte-cochère to incorporate the required handicap entry & the team also preserved most of the original exterior elements including the historic windows.
The result is a fresh crisp exterior which respects the history of the structure while expressing its current commercial function.
These landscape restorations are sensitive and preserve the main components of the original 1922 plan by the Olmsted Brothers. These components include the open space, the key vistas, and the strong focus on the memorial sculpture.
The goal of the project was to reflect the original intent of the design while diversifying plantings for seasonal interest and keeping ease of maintenance in mind.
The jury appreciated the careful detailing and the academic rigor of the restoration ensuring that Memorial Park will remain one of the most beautiful places in the city for generations to come.
Good Neighbor Award
Cool Moose Cafe
Through their family meals program the owners of Cool Moose Cafe, Tony and Laurie Jarvis, raised money for City Rescue Mission providing critical support of the organization during the pandemic.
Riverside Park United Methodist Church
During the first weeks of the pandemic as restaurants closed and workers were laid off, Riverside Park United Methodist Church provided free meals for these front line workers.
Missy planned and hosted a free “Movie in Boone Park” event in December showing the movie “Elf” and providing free popcorn and hot cocoa to attendees. She also started the “Love the 904” brand as a tribute to Jacksonville for all of the area’s small business owners and locals. She was also an advocate for community outreach and awareness in Avondale.
Community Support Award
Project of the Year
Business Partner of the Year
Margaret Dick Tocknell and the RAP Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
After major flooding events last year, the RAP Transportation and Infrastructure Committee developed a mapping program to pinpoint the areas in our historic district experiencing major flooding issues. The map is currently being used by the Northeast Florida Regional Council and has been presented to the City of Jacksonville’s Committee on Resiliency chaired by District 14 Council Member Randy DeFoor. They have also mapped all the alleyways in the historic district to determine their uses and maintenance status.
Oak Street Bike Lanes
City of Jacksonville & Karissa Moffett
When Oak Street was slated for repaving, City of Jacksonville staff recognized that the street was also identified as a potential bike lane candidate. City staff worked with RAP and Council Member DeFoor to gain public support for the project which was completed last year.
Stephanie Dale is the Owner of Go Tuk’n, a licensed touring company. Her company is not a franchise but the result in her love of providing a business to consumers that celebrates our area. With RAP, she developed an historic Tuk Tuk tour which takes guest through the Riverside Avondale area while explaining our unique architectural styles and beautiful parks. Part of this tour includes stops along the way for guests to shop at local businesses. Some Go Tuk’n guests have fallen in love within the area so much that they have reached out to a local real estate company after they decided to relocate to the area. In 2020, Stephanie teamed up with many of the businesses in the area to provide a shuttle service to help support their business.
Public Partner of the Year Award
COVID-19 Innovation Award
Riverside Arts Market Maker of the Year
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Luminaria was designed 36 years ago as a way for neighbors to walk the streets of Riverside Avondale on sidewalks lit by candles. Along the way they would see the beauty of their neighborhood and meet friends and neighbors. Over time residents used front porches and lawns to gather with friends. Some resident had musicians and even showed movies on their front lawns. A few years ago, visitors to the neighborhood began to develop mini-parades with trucks carrying trailers filled with people. Safety became a concern. RAP’s Luminaria event was in jeopardy. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office stepped up to provide officers who spend a Sunday night during Luminaria monitoring the safety of the event. We appreciate their efforts to keep us safe and save Luminaria as our most popular family event.
When the pandemic hit, it forced a lot of businesses to reconsider how to deliver their services to their customers. Sun-Ray Cinema owners Shana David-Massett and Tim Massett, decided that if their customers could not come inside for a movie, they would take their movies outside. They began showing drive-in movies around Jacksonville within a few months after the pandemic closed their theater. Now, they have found a more permanent drive-in location in Riverside for movie lovers to enjoy.
Bello Boopie owner, Noel Michael, has been a Riverside Arts Market Maker for two years. He always demonstrates great empathy for all of his fellow vendors and customers. Noel also has provided support and assistance as the pandemic began when he helped RAM develop its online market. The online RAM market became a critical link between RAM Makers and their customers during the period when RAM was not able to be open.
Wayne Wood Award
The Wayne Wood Award recognizes outstanding service to Riverside Avondale. This year RAP recognized its outgoing board member and Past Chair of the board of directors, Nancy Powell as the Wayne Wood Award recipient. Nancy served six years on the board and was the chair of the Zoning Committee, and member of many of our committees including Home Tour, Parks Task Force and Transportation and Infrastructure. She helped lead the City of Jacksonville pilot program called RAP ReLeaf that worked to have residents in the historic district plant trees in the right of way in front of their home as a way to replenish an aging tree canopy. She also developed the Parks Task Force to help focus more energy on our 75 acres of parks in Riverside Avondale. Her work on the Zoning Committee was instrumental to preserving our historic fabric by advocating for appropriate land use, zoning and historic regulations.