Downtown Jacksonville

December 13, 2013  •  3 Comments

While driving through Jacksonville, a couple of weeks ago, I stopped on East Forsyth Street to shoot some photos of the old buildings. My first stop was at the corner of Forsyth and Laura where I got a couple of the Marble Bank Building. I remember attending an event there, after Jacksonville National bank had restored the bank's lobby to its 1902 look. That would have been in the early 1980's when I did my banking there. It was the only office of the Jacksonville National Bank at that time.

The Laura Street Trio: the Florida Life Building (left), the Marble Bank (foreground), and the Bisbee Building (right.) According to Wikipedia, "The Trio consists of two perpendicularly-arranged skyscrapers, the Florida Life Building and the Bisbee Building, plus a third structure, the Old Florida National Bank (or Marble Bank), which is framed by the other two in a unique pattern. The three buildings, constructed in the wake of the Great Fire of 1901, are architecturally significant, but are currently endangered."

Laura Street Trio

According to Wikipedia:

The Laura Street Trio: the Florida Life Building (left), the Marble Bank (foreground), and the Bisbee Building (right.)  "The Trio consists of two perpendicularly-arranged skyscrapers, the Florida Life Building and the Bisbee Building, plus a third structure, the Old Florida National Bank (or Marble Bank), which is framed by the other two in a unique pattern. The three buildings, constructed in the wake of the Great Fire of 1901, are architecturally significant, but are currently endangered."

As a newly licensed CPA in the early 1980's, I financed my first computer at Jacksonville National Bank.

With a monochrome monitor, 64k of memory, dual floppy drives, a dot-matrix printer, and some software, the system set me back close to $8,000.

 

Marble BankMarble BankOld Florida National Bank (or Marble Bank), sits on the corner of Forsyth and Laura Streets in downtown Jacksonville. It was originally built as the Mercantile Exchange Bank in 1902, just after the Great Fire of 1901 had destroyed nearly all of downtown Jacksonville. Architect Edward H. Glidden designed it in the Classical Revival style.

The Front of the former home of Jacksonville National Bank.

The  Bank of America Tower sits several blocks away.

The Bank of America Tower is a 617 ft skyscraper in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. It is the tallest building in Jacksonville, and the ninth-tallest in the state of Florida. It was built as the headquarters of Barnett Bank and originally named Barnett Center, but the name was changed in 1996 when Barnett was acquired by NationsBank, which soon merged with Bank of America. The 42-floor structure was designed by German-American architect Helmut Jahn, and is constructed of reinforced concrete.

Bank of America Tower

 

Downtown JacksonvilleDowntown JacksonvilleForsyth Street, downtown Jacksonville, Florida.

View from Further East on Forsyth Street

 

 

 


Comments

3.Scott Whittemore(non-registered)
Fascinating text and excellent photography. I particularly like that first shot of the trio. Thanks for posting this, Allen.
2.Tim Freeman(non-registered)
That some great photos
1.Leigh(non-registered)
Al the photos are amazing and I love the history of them. Can you imagine how many laptops you could buy for $8,000 today!
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