Haddon Hall, 3311-3319 Pine Street, Jacksonville, constructed in 1927. If you were strolling along Pine Street for the first time, Haddon Hall might take you by surprise. This area between St. Johns Avenue and the river is populated almost exclusively with stately single-family homes, not apartment buildings. This is in the heart of Avondale, described in a 1923 sales brochure as "the most beautiful residential development ever attempted in Jacksonville." As it turned out, this was not hyperbole. Avondale has some of the most beautiful residential blocks in the country. Haddon Hall is very much at home here among its impressive single-family neighbors.
And here's a look beyond the archway to the building's entrance with its vintage screen doors and double front doors behind them:
These details add to the character and appeal of Haddon Hall, an elegant living place that we would describe as a luxury apartment building today, but in the 1920's would more likely have been referred to as "high class". As I took these pictures I lingered on the sidewalk, hoping a resident would come along and invite me in for a look at one of the apartments! No such luck this time, but I'll try again. Here's a detail of an upstairs sunroom. Don't you want to go up for a visit?
It's easy to see why the name Marsh & Saxelbye is still a selling point for homes in Jacksonville. Saxelbye, who handled most of the creative design work while Marsh oversaw building and construction, was considered Jacksonville's most artistic architect of the time. Here are two more views of this fine building:
Marsh & Saxelbye were responsible for hundreds of beautiful homes and commercial buildings in Jacksonville. They are another pair of the talented people who contributed so much to the architectural heritage of the city. The Florida building boom went bust by 1928. Considering the short period of time prior to that in which neighborhoods like Avondale were conceived and built, the quality of the end result is remarkable. What a pleasure that is for us today!