We live in the historic Springfield neighborhood near downtown Jacksonville. You can read more about our beautiful neighborhood from our
great, trusted friend Wikipedia!
“Springfield was established as a residential community in 1871 by developer John H. Norton. Its concentrated physical development began about 1882 with the formation of the Springfield Development Company and accelerated after a fire that destroyed much of downtown Jacksonville in 1901. The Great Fire of 1901 consumed much of central Jacksonville, leaving many of the city’s most prominent and wealthy citizens homeless. Smoke from the fire was reportedly so heavy it could be seen as far away as North Carolina. The fire lasted 8 hours and consumed 146 city blocks, 3268 buildings and killed seven people. After the fire, many of Jacksonville’s residents who lost homes in the fire relocated to Springfield.
Contributing buildings in the district date from about 1885 to approximately 1930. The majority of the houses are wood frame vernacular structures, but there are some examples of late 19th century revival and romantic styles, including Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and the Stick Style– 20th century types include Prairie School, Bungalow, and Mediterranean.
The January 2010 issue of Southern Living magazine spotlights Springfield as the #1 “comeback” neighborhood in the South, noting significant improvement over the past decade. The December 2010 issue of Florida Trend Magazine also featured the Springfield Historic District in an article titled “A Life of Its Own”. The piece detailed how, despite the down housing market, the neighborhood has continued to thrive.”
Our neighborhood is one of brokenness, beauty and rebirth. The streets are filled with beautiful houses, abandoned houses and houses that are in the process of bringing back their charm. Each of these old homes hold potential for restoration and have so many stories to tell. I am so thankful God has allowed us to be a part of it. If you’re ever in Jacksonville make sure to give Springfield a tour–you won’t be disappointed.