Words directly taken from Modern Cities' Article
Springfield's Warehouse District
Established in 1884, the Telfair Stockton & Company developed many of Jacksonville's most prestigious streetcar suburbs, including San Marco and Avondale during the early 20th century. The firm was also responsible for rapid development in Springfield and New Springfield after the Great Fire of 1901. By 1909, Springfield had already exceeded a population of 8,000, and the Telfair Stockton & Company had moved on to developing New Springfield, to the north.
Like many pre-WWII warehouse districts across the country, the Springfield's district became a center of obsolescence in the late 20th century as the city spread outward, semi-trucks increased in popularity and technological advances leading to massive changes in industrial architecture design.
Surprisingly, in a city that has not historical favored preservation, most of this industrial district remains intact. Today, Telfair Stockton's Avondale and San Marco are two of the city's most desirable communities. On the other hand, the Springfield Warehouse District remains quiet, waiting for a rebirth of its own.
Onward & Upward
With that in mind, the proposed Jacksonville School of the Arts could become the anchor to breathe life back into this unique district two miles north of downtown. A non-profit organization established to provide adults with access to fine and industrial arts training at an affordable cost, the Jacksonville School of the Arts will be housed in 100,000 square feet of warehouses in the heart of the Springfield Warehouse District. Viewed as the first piece in establishing a vibrant arts community to be known as the Phoenix Arts District, the buildings could house everything from apartments, retail space and a cafe, to gallery space, classrooms and arts studios.
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