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San Marco (Jacksonville)

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San Marco
Neighborhood of Jacksonville
Lion statues in San Marco Square
Lion statues in San Marco Square
San Marco is located in Central Jacksonville
San Marco
San Marco
Location within Central Jacksonville
Coordinates: 30°18′14″N 81°39′15″W
Government
 • City Council Lori N. Boyer
Warren Jones
 • Florida House Reggie Fullwood
Charles McBurney
 • Florida Senate Aaron Bean
Audrey Gibson
 • U.S. House Ander Crenshaw (R)
ZIP Code 32207
Area code(s) 904

San Marco is a neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida, located south of Downtown across the St. Johns River. The neighborhood was formerly the independent city of South Jacksonville until it was annexed by Jacksonville in 1932. The neighborhood is primarily residential, with an integrated commercial sector known as San Marco Square.

The South Jacksonville community emerged after the American Civil War and incorporated in 1907. It saw its greatest growth after the Acosta Bridge was completed in 1921, connecting the neighborhood to Downtown Jacksonville. This period included the construction of the original San Marco development, which eventually gave its name to the area as a whole. Since the 1990s, the neighborhood has seen several historic preservation and redevelopment projects. It is home to fourteen city parks, several schools and other amenities.



San Marco Square

 
Gazebo in San Marco Square

San Marco Square is the neighborhood's major commercial district. The triangular district is located at the three-way juncture of Atlantic Boulevard, Hendricks Avenue and San Marco Boulevard; a tiered fountain at the center of the square originally marked the convergence of these streets.[21] The San Marco Building, a Mediterranean Revival structure completed in 1927, was the district's first commercial building and set its architectural tone.[26] Other features of the square include the San Marco Theatre, an art deco single-screen movie theater first opened in 1938;[27] and the Little Theatre, home to Theatre Jacksonville, one of the country's oldest community theater troupes.[28]

Designed as the commercial heart of San Marco, the square had declined seriously by the 1970s, with many businesses closing. The original, compass-themed fountain was demolished. In the 1990s the City of Jacksonville undertook a major renovation and streetscaping project, which included restoring the fountain with three lion statues inspired by the Piazza San Marco.[3][25] Since then, the square has become a popular commercial destination with many shops, restaurants and bars. In 2013 the square underwent another renovation project that rerouted the streets and expanded the small park in the center, named Balis Park, into a larger pedestrian green space.[29][30]

Features

San Marco has a number of parks of various sizes and purposes; the San Marco Preservation Society lists fourteen within its boundaries.[31][32] There are two more in the Southbank: Treaty Oak Park, home of one of Jacksonville's oldest live oaks,[33] and Friendship Fountain Park.[34] Other amenities on the Southbank include the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and the Southbank Riverwalk. San Marco is served by an elementary school, a middle school, and the Southside Branch Public Library.[31] Two major projects of the San Marco Preservation Society have been the restoration of the former South Jacksonville City Hall as the society's headquarters and the conversion of the former St. Paul's Episcopal Church building into Preservation Hall, a reservable banquet hall.[35][36]

 

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