This May Jacksonville University (JU) is honoring the late Dr. Frances (Fran) Bartlett Kinne with a memorial service, bronze statue unveiling, and historical exhibit dedicated to the life of the university’s beloved former president and chancellor emerita. Dr. Kinne passed away in May of 2020, just two weeks shy of her 103rd birthday.
Architecture in Our City by the River: 25 Years in the Past, the Present, and the Promise of the Future
To celebrate our 25th annual Art & Architecture issue, we asked some of Jacksonville’s most prominent architects and professionals involved in downtown development about their thoughts regarding our city’s architecture in the past 25 years, the present, and what we can expect in the next 25 years.
Born out of a desire to create a unique identity that connects us, the Jacksonville chapter of the American Institute of Architects has a vision … to use our greatest asset as a catalyst for connectivity, entertainment, education, and enjoyment.
The pandemic—in the beginning we resented it, hated it, and longed to get out of the house. Once reality set in, we realized we were in for the long haul. After endless hours of mind-numbing net surfing, TikTok-ing, and streaming until we couldn’t see straight, we began to think: “How can I make my home environment better—make it fit my new way of living and working at home?”
Jacksonville residents have long clamored for more river access points and for more ways to travel among our different riverfront neighborhoods by way of the St. Johns. An important Riverside access point is set to transform access to multiple landmarks, including the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, the Garden Club of Jacksonville, River & Post restaurant, Riverside and Memorial Parks, and historic Five Points. A floating dock with four boat slips and water taxi access will be built in the coming months at the foot of Post Street, between the Cummer and the Garden Club.
Whether you are downtown, on the Westside, in Durkeeville, or out at the beaches, Jacksonville’s public art offerings have expanded tremendously, with murals as the anchor to provide a positive impact and help foster a cultural identity for the city. Considering that the majority of the city’s murals have only materialized within the past five years, it’s easy to take for granted that Jacksonville’s urban core is as colorful as it is today.