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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Hotel Windle: 1910

Hotel Windle: 1910

Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. "Forsyth Street west from City Hall." Note the city-issued car tags. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

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I have a 14.2 megapixel DSLR that could not have taken a picture this clear 100+ years later. Wow.

More of the Fire of 1901

The first photo is of City Hall after the fire. The second is a view looking east along Forsyth, City Hall top left in the photo. The Shorpy image would have been taken 9 years later from Forsyth near City Hall, looking toward the photographer's vantage point in the second photo.

Vehicles

I really like the cars in this photo, but what really caught my eye was that archetypical station wagon parked in front of the Windle Hotel.

Forsyth after the 1901 fire

Looking like Dresden in WWII. Pretty good recovery by 1910.

A lot quainter than the current City Hall

And you can see Hotel Windle behind it.
http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/166965

A few more shots at FloridaMemory.com and search for Jacksonville City Hall.

+98

Below is the same view from January of 2008 (looking west from Ocean Street).

Nothing to see here, move along...

The Windle was demolished in 1962 and replaced by the Haydon Burns Library. Sadly, very few of the buildings in this photograph remain 102 years later:


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The only ones I can identify with any certainty are the large (hotel?) in the center of the photo and the smaller, more classical structure next door (both of which are really showing their age):


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