Bostwick Building

Ashton Elder

Jewelry, medallions and historic documents are among the items recently uncovered during renovations of downtown Jacksonville’s historic Bostwick building.

Restaurateur Jacques Klempf is turning the building into the Cowford Chophouse, set to open this summer.

City of Jacksonville

Restoration of a historic downtown landmark is set to begin in earnest. Jacksonville city officials and the owners of the new Forking Amazing Restaurants group laid out their plans this Tuesday for the Bostwick Building at the corner of Bay and Ocean streets.

The building is more commonly known by its informal name, 'The Jaguar Building', for its mural of a giant jaguar peering out the windows of the building. The mural was painted in 1995 by Jacksonville artist Jim Draper.

CEO Jacque Klempf called the century-old structure the entryway to the city.

Marissa Alexander, the Bostwick Building and Florida Blue are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville Historical Society

Although the city of Jacksonville has begun foreclosure procedures on the Bostwick Building downtown, officials don’t expect that to happen with other empty buildings downtown. They’re looking at other ways to spur downtown redevelopment.

Downtown advocates said the Bostwick situation is unique because the Bostwick family was looking to demolish the historic building and a potential buyer had come forward.

Foreclosure proceedings are difficult and time consuming.

Mayor Alvin Brown said he wants to work with building owners and developers on other projects.

The Bostwick Building, "A Death in St. Augustine," and craft beer lobbyists are in the headlines today.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

The Jacksonville City Council has rejected a request to demolish the Bostwick Building in downtown Jacksonville.

The Council instead designated the building as an historical landmark, making demolition a more difficult process.

With it’s Jaguars facade’ the building was one of the first constructed in Jacksonville after the Great Fire of 1901.

The Jacksonville Historical Society

The fate of the former bank building at the corner of Ocean and Bay Streets, known as the Bostwick Building, will come before the Jacksonville City Council this week.

Kevin Meerschaert


The Bostwick family has announced it’s found a buyer for its iconic building in downtown Jacksonville.

The building at the corner of Ocean and Bay Streets, famous for its jaguar mural, was one of the first constructed downtown after the Great Fire of 1901.

Val Bostwick says he can’t reveal many details except that the building is under contract and the buyer is interested in restoring it.