Join us for the 20th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza during Jacksonville’s 200th Year.
Jacksonville architect Ted Pappas designs a building to be of its site, not on it. He brings the outside inside. Much of his work focuses on spaces of contemplation such as libraries and churches. Join author Tim Gilmore as he shares excerpts from his new book, Box Broken Open: The Architecture of Ted Pappas.
During the epochal period of 1876-1886, Jacksonville was known as the “Winter City in Summerland.” It was usual for the total number of tourists per season to be printed using the hotel registers and larger boarding houses as the basis for the compilation.
How much history can a city accumulate in 200 years? A lot, and Jacksonville has more, and more interesting history, than any place in Florida. Compared to our peer cities though, we seem less concerned with our civic inheritance. Why that is so makes for a lively conversation about Jacksonville’s identity. Whether it’s to explain a place or a person, the past is always where we look. Every city is unique, but Jacksonville stands out for its beauty combined with grittiness, its imposing size contrasted with its small-city feel, its serious problems balanced against its undeniable promise.
One of Jacksonville’s earliest ethnic migrations can be traced to pioneer Philip Dzialynski, who arrived in the city in 1850 at the age of 17 and was its first Jewish entrepreneur. This was the first step of Jewish families relocating and later being involved in city commerce and affecting the local community. In fact, before the 1930s, Jacksonville’s Jewish population was the largest in Florida.