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Historic John Gorrie Goes from Old School to New School
Historic John Gorrie Goes from Old School to New School

Transformed historic Riverside-Avondale landmark becomes The John Gorrie condominiums and are available for sale.

Purchased in February 2009 by J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, the residences are the result of the restoration and renovation of the former John Gorrie Junior High School into condominium homes under the watchful eye and direction of Delores Barr Weaver, a tireless community advocate. Located at the corner of Stockton and College streets in the highly sought-after Riverside-Avondale neighborhood, homes at The John Gorrie a condominium, are priced from the low $100,000s for studios.

“The former John Gorrie Junior High School has undergone a meticulous restoration and renovation process that honors the historical and personal significance of the school to the people of Riverside-Avondale and their community,” said Delores Barr Weaver. “Given the building’s historic significance, I believe the renovation of the John Gorrie School is an important component of the continued revitalization of the Riverside-Avondale historic neighborhood and will be a monument to the rich architectural heritage of the area. I am excited to debut the residences to the community at our historic tour on Saturday, August 13.”

The guided historic tour will highlight John Gorrie Junior High School’s long history in the Riverside-Avondale neighborhood. The event will be a fundraiser benefiting HabiJax and Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP). Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 from RAP and $20 at the door the day of the event. For additional information, visit www.TheJohnGorrie.com.

The John Gorrie a condominium, features 68 residences including studios, one and two-bedroom condominiums, and two-story townhomes ranging in size from 800 square feet to 1,800 square feet. Several floor plans feature distinctive layouts based on the original John Gorrie Junior High School classrooms.

Select residences in The John Gorrie a condominium highlight original architectural details including Palladian windows, soaring ceilings, a combination of old and new hardwood floors, and exposed brick walls.  In addition to the unique historical features, modern luxuries such as stainless steel GE appliances, CaesarStone countertops, gourmet kitchens and pedestal sinks in bathrooms are included in all residences. 

Contemporary amenities include a custom-designed fitness center, elevators, private gated parking and a resident reading room featuring Wi-Fi internet access. The restored original private courtyard provides residents with a tranquil outdoor gathering space. 

For many decades, John Gorrie Junior High School provided educational excellence to the children of the Riverside neighborhood. The Mediterranean revival-style building, which contains architectural elements of both Spanish and Italian influences, was purchased by the Weavers with the purpose of preserving the historic landmark and converting it into condominium homes. The John Gorrie a condominium, is one of the more historically and architecturally significant buildings in the Riverside Historic District and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

The John Gorrie a condominium, is located at 2525 College Street in Jacksonville, Fla., in the Riverside-Avondale historic district and within walking distance of neighborhood restaurants and charming storefronts as well as minutes from Interstate-95, Interstate-10 and downtown Jacksonville.

For more information about the opportunity to own a piece of local history and to schedule an appointment with the onsite Prudential Network Realty representative, call (904) 383-3688 or visit www.TheJohnGorrie.com.

About The John Gorrie a condominium

Located in the historic Riverside-Avondale neighborhoods of Jacksonville, Fla., which in 2010 was honored by the American Planning Association (APA) as one of the country’s 10 Great Neighborhoods, The John Gorrie a condominium, is a meticulous restoration and renovation of the former John Gorrie Junior High School into condominium homes. Pricing is from the low $100,000s for studios. The John Gorrie a condominium features 68 residences including the studios, one and two-bedroom condominiums, and two-story townhomes ranging in size from 800 square feet to 1,800 square feet.

Residents of The John Gorrie a condominium, are within walking distance of cozy neighborhood restaurants, local boutiques and charming storefronts. Residents also enjoy close proximity to the banks of the St. Johns River, oak-canopied streets and a sampling of the area’s most marvelously maintained parks. The community is minutes from downtown Jacksonville, cultural landmarks such as The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and national sporting venues.

For more information about the opportunity to own a piece of local history and to schedule an appointment with the onsite Prudential Network Realty representative, call (904) 383-3688 or visit www.TheJohnGorrie.com.

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