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The Jaxson: Why An Art Deco Building Set For Demolition Deserves To Be Saved

historic photo of exterior in black and white
The Jaxson
The Gulf Life building downtown was built in the late 1940s.

An art-deco style building in downtown Jacksonville is set to be demolished and turned into a parking lot.

But as Dan Herbin tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo in the Jaxson on WJCT, the former Gulf Life Insurance Building deserves to be spared.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department plans to buy the former Gulf Life Insurance Building, located at 604 N. Hogan St. in downtown Jacksonville, and two other nearby parcels. The department plans to renovate a four-story building at 211 West Ashley Street for office expansion, but unfortunately the Gulf Life Building would be bulldozed and turned into something that’s in no short supply downtown: another empty lot for surface parking.

Read more about the plan and possible alternatives in this story at The Jaxson.