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Hotel Aragon: 1905

Hotel Aragon: 1905

Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1905. "Hotel Aragon, Forsyth and Julia streets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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I have no memory of this hotel from growing up in Jacksonville in the 1950s and '60s, but evidently it was there. I found this photo featuring a 1957 Ford parked in front. (I will be swiftly corrected if I'm off on the model year). As a bonus, both photos in the montage show a Krystal hamburger outlet just to the right of the main entrance.

The Aragon lasted a long time. It was one of the few buildings in the area to survive the 1901 Jacksonville fire. I found suggestions that it was listed in the Hotel and Motel Red Books as late as 1969, but couldn't verify that.

Funny tower

That is a strange tower up there, with the triangular windows, all alone on the roof, set back from the facade, and out of scale with the whole. It looks like it belongs to a different building.

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