The Florida Theatre is one of many historic buildings in downtown Jacksonville with interesting architectural features. I am captivated by the details of these features and enjoy the challenge of including them in a drawing. It was fun to figure how to draw the mermaid like figures and the lion found in the arches above the windows.
This building is a music and art venue with a rich history including a visit from Elvis Presley in 1956 for one of his first headline concert on an indoor stage. Here is a quote about the building 0n Florida Theatre website: ” As an anchor to downtown development along the beautiful St. Johns River, The Florida Theatre draws 250,000 people to Jacksonville’s center each year. The magnificently restored Florida Theatre is recognized as one of the finest concert venues in the Southeast. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Florida Theatre holds special memories for four generations. From the Vaudeville acts and silent films of its earliest days to today’s blend of performances of all kinds, The Florida Theatre has served as Jacksonville’s premier entertainment center since 1927.”