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Jacksonville Young Mens Christian Association

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, August 17, 2019
1. Jacksonville Young Mens Christian Association Marker
Inscription.  
Originally built for
Jacksonville Young Mens Christian
Association

Construction in 1908
Henry John Klutho Architect
Southern Ferro Concrete Co. Builder

The building located on the corner of Hemming Plaza was Florida’s first reinforced concrete frame structure and a significant architectural achievement.

Kluthos’s design embraced his personal expression of the prairie school style Which evolved from a movement led by the renowned architects Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This design approach was truly of American origin and the YMCA Building is an architectural treasure of Jacksonville.

Unique figures included a swimming pool, gymnasium, and a shaded garden, handball court and bowling alley for outside activities on the roof.

In 1927 extensive renovation was undertaken to provide retail shops on the first floor with offices on upper floors. All YMCA features were removed.

Again in 1945 the building was remodeled for Haverty Furniture Company with new façade at first floor.

In 2007 the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension
Jacksonville Young Mens Christian Association Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, August 17, 2019
2. Jacksonville Young Mens Christian Association Marker
Fund embarked on the project of restoration of the original building and give it new life with offices for the city of Jacksonville.
 
Location. 30° 19.782′ N, 81° 39.509′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on North Laura Street south of West Duval Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 407 N Laura St, Jacksonville FL 32202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. King’s Road Meets Apalache Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacksonville Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); John Fitzgerald Kennedy (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Memorial 1861-1865 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jacksonville's 1901 Fire (about 300 feet away); 1960 Civil Rights Demonstration (about 400 feet away); John Milton Bryan Simpson (about 500 feet away); Greenleaf & Crosby Bldg. (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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