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The Mungen House

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
1. The Mungen House Marker
Inscription. This frame vernacular house was built in 1928 for Doane Martin Mungen, Sr. (1872-1948) and his wife Mary Elizabeth Mungen (1874-1955). It is located in the Oakland neighborhood, which was platted in 1869, and emerged in the 1870s as a working class community. The Mungens moved from 343 East Union Street to a wooded bungalow here that was demolished to build this 12-room house. With time, the rooms on the second level were rented. Later, inside stairs were removed, steps placed on the east, and the upstairs was rented as an apartment. Red bricks that form the columns, pier foundation, and chimney are from a demolished building in the downtown area. A large white stone at the curb of the front walk has rested there for 75 years. It once served as a step from horse-drawn buggies. Mr. Mungen planted a water oak on the east lawn and laurel on the west. D.M. Mungen, Jr. (1904-1936), eldest son of five, sent money from Tallahassee where he worked as a chef in the Floridan Hotel, now demolished. The only daughter, Sylvia Amanda Mungen (1903-1996), a Duval County teacher for 42 years, lived here until 1990. The house is one of a few left of its era in the area representing African-Americans of upward mobility.
A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2004 by The Mungen Family
The Mungen House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
2. The Mungen House Marker
and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-508.)
 
Location. 30° 20.017′ N, 81° 38.76′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on Jessie Street near Palmetto Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 545 Jessie Street, Jacksonville FL 32206, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Monument to Women of the Southern Confederacy (approx. half a mile away); Florida's First African-American Insurance Company--1901-2001 (approx. half a mile away); Camp Site of the Forty-Ninth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry (approx. half a mile away); 1914 United Confederate Veterans Reunion (approx. half a mile away); "Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Seminole War Blockhouse Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); Duval County's First Court (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Mungen House ,and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
3. The Mungen House ,and Marker
As mentioned, columns, pier foundation, and chimney bricks are from a demolished building in the downtown Jacksonville area.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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