Wayne Wood

Inheritance and legacy: The stewardship of the Jacksonville Historical Society

Inheritance and legacy: The stewardship of the Jacksonville Historical Society

It is only fitting that the Jacksonville Historical Society (JHS) is headquartered in a historic building. The JHS offices are located at 314 North Palmetto Street in downtown Jacksonville, in what was originally St. Luke’s Hospital. Built in 1878, the building has since been added to the National Register of Historic Places and bears a […]

Artist Walk inches closer to completion

Artist Walk inches closer to completion

City Council gavels another 5-million investment The City of Jacksonville is investing $8.8 million in the Artist Walk streetscape project with an adjoining skate park where the preliminary groundwork is underway east of Riverside Park in the Five Points neighborhood. Shannon Blankenship, director of the Riverside Arts Market (RAM), anticipates a significant increase in vendor […]

For the Love of a Neighborhood: Wayne Wood

For the Love of a Neighborhood: Wayne Wood

You may not know it, but if you’ve ever wandered through Riverside on a Saturday morning, you’ve no doubt appreciated the work of Dr. Wayne Wood. Wood, nicknamed the “Mayor of Riverside,” is one of the leading founders of Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP), an organization responsible for the salvation of many of the area’s beloved […]

Jacksonville’s million-dollar bridge celebrates 100 years of service

Jacksonville’s million-dollar bridge celebrates 100 years of service

On July 1, 1921, 5,000 automobiles drove across the first bridge built to cross over the St. Johns River to connect the north bank of the river to the south bank. That may have been nearly every car in Jacksonville, as reported in Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage by noted local historian Wayne Wood, because only about […]

Riverside’s Cherry Museum elevates yard art to its finest

Riverside’s Cherry Museum elevates yard art to its finest

Move over Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, there is a new “micro” art gallery in Riverside. Visible only to pedestrians, joggers, and perhaps slow-moving cyclists, the new Cherry Museum sits adjacent to Cherry Street, just inside the walls of the Riverside Avenue home of nationally renowned artist Lana Shuttleworth and her husband, Jacksonville Architectural […]

The Way We Were: Wayne W. Wood

The Way We Were: Wayne W. Wood

Many years before Wayne W. Wood, 74, became a noted historian, author, and the founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation, he was just a kid from Belle Glade in South Florida visiting grandparents Guy D. and Elma T. Wood during the summers in Riverside. That was decades before he would run a successful optometry business in […]

Riverside Avondale Preservation awards, gala venue announced

Riverside Avondale Preservation awards, gala venue announced

It was standing room only at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd when a crowd of 200 attended the Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) annual meeting Feb. 20, which featured a change in board leadership, a list of annual preservation award winners and the beginning of a history series taught by RAP Founder Wayne Wood. […]

RAP seeks award nominees

The window to nominate an outstanding historic preservation contributor for a Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) Award is fast approaching. The awards honor individuals, organizations, and businesses in the historic districts that make singular contributions to historic preservation in the neighborhoods. Award winners are selected from community nominations. This year, the deadline to nominate is by […]

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