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Located to the west of Eastside and the north of Downtown Jacksonville’s business district, Historic Springfield covers 119 city blocks in slightly less than one square mile.Though officially established in 1869, the first residences were built in 1871. Like Eastside, the neighborhood was annexed by the City of Jacksonville in 1887. The area boomed after Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901, when many wealthy downtown residents who had lost their homes moved across Hogans Creek to Springfield.
With more than 2,000 homes, it is one of the largest historic residential districts in Florida. SPAR, the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, has been instrumental in preserving the character of the neighborhood. Through its efforts, Springfield was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
In May 2012, LISC Jacksonville introduced the Sustainable Communities model to Jacksonville, with EPIC Communities (Empower People...Inspire Change). The program's five pillars include:
Historic Eastside/Springfield was one of two neighborhoods selected for this initiative. Operation New Hope was chosen as the convening agency. Through this initiative neighorhood residents created a vision for their neighborhood, developed goals, strategies and action plans with key measures of progress and in collaboration with LISC identified potential community partners.
Learn more about the work in Historic Springfield in our latest progress report.