Florida Theatre Restoration                                               Sets Stage for Next Century
Nov30

Florida Theatre Restoration Sets Stage for Next Century

By Lorrie DeFrank   Photos by Lily Snowden it’s showtime again at the Florida Theatre and competing for top billing is the building itself. Restored to its original magnificence, it’s set for a 50-year encore—at the very least.    In preparation for the historic landmark’s 100th anniversary in 2027, a major—but not final—phase of the renovation was completed while it was closed from July to October this year. Patrons...

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30th Anniversary Pearl issue Timeline
Sep02

30th Anniversary Pearl issue Timeline

The ABC’s of 30 Years ofthe Arts, Business, and Culture Introduction by Wayne W. Wood  Design by Natalie McCray Since its auspicious beginning three decades ago, Arbus has been acclaimed for its striking covers and creative content. The nearly 300 covers of Arbus have consistently been works of art unto themselves—resplendent graphic compositions by mostly local artists that not only show off the depth of our homegrown talent but...

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A New Public Art Installation
Sep02

A New Public Art Installation

Honoring the Arlington Community By Melanie Young Just as the eyes are the window to the soul, the entrance to a college campus is a window into the community that lives, works, learns, and plays there. For Jacksonville University (JU), that window recently became even more emblematic of the university’s relationship with the Arlington community. At the site of the turbo traffic roundabout welcoming drivers and pedestrians to...

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Marsh & Saxelbye   A beautiful Legacy
Sep02

Marsh & Saxelbye A beautiful Legacy

By Wayne W. Wood Jacksonville’s extraordinary natural landscape is complimented by its (often overlooked) manmade beauty. It is a surprise to many that Jacksonville has a greater number of outstanding architectural gems than any other city in Florida. Jacksonville has the most sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places and a quarter of those were designed by a single architectural firm—Marsh & Saxelbye. Made up of...

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Lightner Museum 
Sep02

Lightner Museum 

An Iconic St. Augustine Museum Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary By David Bagnall, Executive Director of The Lightner Museum This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Lightner Museum and the 135th anniversary of the museum’s historic St. Augustine building. Located in the heart of downtown St. Augustine, the Lightner has been an important part of the community since it was first built as the Hotel Alcazar in...

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Calling Jacksonville Our Own      
Apr27

Calling Jacksonville Our Own  

From Landmark to Destination By Laura Riggs Creating a persona that people fall in love with at first sight. They help define the region and the culture in ways that attract businesses to invest and travelers to visit. Whether manmade or naturally occurring, landmarks are the foundation for cities to forge an identity. Many of us travel the world to see landmarks. When we visit a city for the first time, landmarks help orient us to...

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