There are great examples of Spanish Revival (also called Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival) architecture throughout Florida. (It did, after all, once belong to Spain.) Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale are especially rich in the style—from bungalows to stately mansions. The look of the area is due to the great fire of 1901, which destroyed much of downtown. The rebuilding that happened over the following 20 years coincided with the peak of Spanish Revival’s popularity, which meant that many homes were built with the style’s characteristic asymmetrical facades, stucco walls, tile roofs, and wrought-iron details.
In the mid-20th century, the adjoining neighborhoods were threatened by suburban flight and the demolition of their historic homes, but they have experienced a revival since becoming National Register districts in the 1980s. Together, Riverside and Avondale now form Jacksonville’s hippest area, known for their walkable streets, local eateries, boutiques, and bohemian vibe.
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