Springfield Jacksonville FL

GEOGRAPHY
The boundaries of Springfield are appropriately laid out. Hogan’s Creek lines along its south edge, and railroad lines can be found on the north and east. The blocks of the historic district are organized in a typical grid, with the entitled streets going north and south and numbered streets also going to the east and west.

Contributing structures in the district date from about 1885 to around 1930. Most of the houses are wood frame vernacular structures, but there are some examples of late 19th century revival and romantic designs, including Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and the Stick style. 20th century classes consist of the Mediterranean, Prairie School and Bungalow. The area did not go through a renewal of construction during the 1920s, as did other house parts of the city, and the “boom” bypassed the area given that most of the land was already rather occupied, other than in the north location of 8th Street. Construction was, therefore, limited to the occasional uninhabited area or those sites where older structures require replacement or had been lost.

The gigantic Fire of 1901 consumed much of downtown Jacksonville, making a lot of the city’s most prominent and wealthy residents homeless. Smoke from the fire was said to be so much that it could be seen as far off as North Carolina. The fire lasted for about 8 hours and damaged 3268 buildings, consumed 146 city blocks, and eliminated 7 people. A lot of the locals of Jacksonville who had actually lost their homes due the fire relocated to Springfield.

A lot of the blocks if not all have alleys, typically set up in a “H” patterned way, although other setups can be discovered. A few streets keep their original granite curb stones and brick pavers, however more than half are now covered with asphalt and have concrete curbs.

Around the period the district was enlisted in the National Register, it happened to consist of 1,784 structures that were either fifty years old or older that added to its historical qualities. Out of that number, 1,686 were limited as property. Just 48 were associating with commerce. The majority of the structures, 1,595, were of wood frame, and 201 of them were masonry. There were 1,294 structures of 2 stories in height and 10 three-story buildings. The remaining were all one-story structures.

The walkways feature both the modern poured concrete sections and earlier hexagonal flat stones. Trees provide substantially differentiating attributes to the neighborhood. Oak trees are predominant. Spread throughout the area are such decorative aspects as rusticated concrete block walls, cast iron fences, hitching posts, and testimony to the area’s turn-of-the-century origins. There is no large concentration of such aspects.

HISTORY
Springfield started off as a residential community in the year 1871 by developer John H. Norton. Its concentrated improvements began in about 1882 with the formation of the Springfield Development Company and advanced after a fire that ruined much of city center Jacksonville in 1901.


Driving Directions:
From Springfield, Jacksonville, FL, USA to A-HESSCO Roadside Assistance & Towing Innovations, 10943 Moncrief Dinsmore Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32219, United States via US-1 N

18 min (10.5 miles)

Head north on N Main St toward 8th St W
0.8 mi

Turn left
0.2 mi

Use the left lane to take the ramp onto US-1 N/Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
3.3 mi

Use any lane to turn slightly right onto New Kings Rd
Pass by Krystal (on the right in 1.2 mi)
5.5 mi

Turn left onto Pitts Rd
0.4 mi

Turn right onto Moncrief Dinsmore Rd
Destination will be on the right
0.4 mi

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