Riverside Avondale Preservation Announces 2011 Spring Tour of Homes, April 16th and 17th | Arts & Culture

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Riverside Avondale Preservation Announces 2011 Spring Tour of Homes, April 16th and 17th

Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) presents its 37th Annual Spring Tour of Homes Saturday, April 16th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 17th, from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s tour showcases diverse architectural styles and some of the city’s most fascinating homes, including a rare antebellum country house built in 1870 for one of Jacksonville’s most prominent residents, a unique Mission Style home built by hand in 1909 from coquina harvested near St. Augustine, and a Mediterranean Revival Style masterpiece designed by Henry J. Klutho that is recognized as one of the 100 most historically and architecturally significant buildings in Duval County.

Eleven homes, one business and two schools will be featured on the tour. Advance tickets for the tour are $15 each and $20 per person during the tour weekend. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.riversideavondale.org.

Numerous events are being held in conjunction with the tour, including a free Home Tour Bike Ride hosted by City Cycle, an Antique Car exhibition, and discounted access to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. New this year, visitors also can take the tour by trolley; each tour ticket includes free rides on the Riverside Trolley during the tour weekend, and most tour homes are within two blocks of scheduled trolley stops.

RAP’s Spring Tour of Homes gives residents and visitors alike an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality and historical charm of the Riverside Avondale Historic District, which in 2010 was named one of the Ten Great Neighborhoods in America by the American Planning Association. Attorney Jeanne Miller, whose quaint bungalow is on this year’s tour, notes, “The Riverside Avondale area reminds me of traditional New England neighborhoods and towns, but with its own unique Southern twist.”

2011 Tour Properties:

  • 1776 Challen Avenue: The unique Mission Style Beerbower House was built by hand in 1909 from coquina harvested near St. Augustine.

  • 2959 Riverside Avenue: The Cheney-Cummer House is one of the district’s true historical treasures. Built in 1870 for Edward M. Cheney, one of Riverside’s original developers and the owner and editor of the city’s premier newspaper, the house was originally located on the site of today’s Cummer Gallery. (Docent-led tour of the gardens and ground floor.)

  • 3222 St. Johns Avenue: A majestic 1904 Colonial Revival home, now fully restored after a multi-year effort.

The Bungalow Style is an early-twentieth-century architectural style beloved for its cozy porches, Craftsman details and functional simplicity. Riverside contains more examples of the Bungalow Style than any neighborhood in Florida, and four are on this year’s tour:

  • 1028 Osceola Street, 2736 Herschel Street, 2961 Herschel Street and 2962 Herschel Street.

  • 3338 Riverside Avenue: A stately brick Tudor that’s gleaming after a fire prompted a major renovation.

  • 2970 St. Johns Avenue: A stylish condominium with wonderful river views.

  • 3536 Pine Street: A cozy and beautifully decorated Tudor Style home.

  • 2842 St. Johns Avenue: A Mediterranean Revival mansion that dates to 1915.


  • 2801 Herschel Street: West Riverside Elementary is celebrating 100 years of service this year.
  • 1200 McDuff Avenue: Robert E. Lee Senior High School, a 1926 Renaissance Style structure that is about to undergo a major interior renovation. Calling all Lee alumni—this will be your last chance to stroll your old hallways before the school is transformed!


  • 2063 Oak Street: The Love-McGinnis House, Klutho’s Mediterranean Revival masterpiece, is an early example of a mixed-use structure; it was designed to be a home upstairs and a doctor’s office downstairs, and is the city’s only pentagonal historic house.

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