San Marco Preservation Society

Preserving history in nature

Preserving history in nature

It’s a wedge-shaped stretch of green at the intersection of Kings Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard with the highway overpass looming beyond, but this small park packs a historical punch that the San Marco Garden Circle wanted to make sure was preserved and honored in a beautification/restoration project spanning the last two years. The San Marco […]

On the record: Preservation Society launches San Marco Oral History Project

On the record: Preservation Society launches San Marco Oral History Project

When San Marco resident and oral historian Chris Tasker approached the San Marco Preservation Society (SMPS), Robin Robinson said the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. “…The historical society was talking about taking oral histories for the bicentennial,” Robinson, SMPS chairman for historic resources said, “and we’ve got our centennial in three years in 2025 […]

Townhomes rising in San Marco

Townhomes rising in San Marco

Toll Brothers addressed concerns on design, aesthetics Construction on the first of five buildings is currently underway for the Toll Brothers’ Terraces at San Marco. Just a block away from the long-awaited East San Marco shopping center, this residential complex will feature 27 luxury townhomes on 1.03 acres of land bordered by Alford Place, Arcadia […]

Local Folks: Lauren Carlucci

Local Folks: Lauren Carlucci

As of May, Lauren Carlucci is the newly elected president of the San Marco Preservation Society, this role following her one-year stint as vice president. She’s a natural fit for the organization, folks agree, and some are curious to know how she got there. As a Jacksonville University student, Carlucci changed her major seven times […]

SMPS holds annual meeting, rewards community investors

SMPS holds annual meeting, rewards community investors

Leadership of the San Marco Preservation Society held its annual meeting Thursday, May 19., inviting members of the community to join in on the action. The crowd in attendance filled Preservation Hall, following a quaint happy hour on the grounds of Fletcher Park at the foot of the adjacent Stockton Cottage. The gathering was the […]

Local Folks: Friends, Ginny and Ward

Local Folks: Friends, Ginny and Ward

Amid five decades of change, Ginny Stine Romano and R. Ward Lariscy have managed to maintain a consistent friendship. Living and working close by, shopping and socializing in the same circles, and even traveling together—sometimes a state or two away, and sometimes abroad. These two friends have been doing life side by side for the […]

Wine fundraiser draws a crowd, funds for San Marco Preservation

Wine fundraiser draws a crowd, funds for San Marco Preservation

It was another beautiful Spring afternoon in San Marco, as over 400 patrons made way through three of the area’s historic, beautiful parks to enjoy their afternoon in support of the local preservation group, Saturday, April 23. From fine reds to the sparkling champagnes, Wine Down in the Parks pours were generous, good times were […]

Stockton Cottage gets an overhaul

Stockton Cottage gets an overhaul

The San Marco Preservation Society has wrapped up its renovations of Stockton Cottage in Fletcher Park. The renovations were completed in September. The Cottage, which was relocated to the park in 2003, was built in 1938 as a temporary sales office for brokerage company Telfair, Stockton, and Company. Since its move, the cottage has often […]

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