Item #18098 The St. James Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida 1889 Promotional Brochure. J. R. Campbell, Proprietor.
The St. James Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida 1889 Promotional Brochure.
The St. James Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida 1889 Promotional Brochure.
The St. James Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida 1889 Promotional Brochure.
The St. James Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida 1889 Promotional Brochure.
[Campbell, J.R., Proprietor]

The St. James Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida 1889 Promotional Brochure.

Brochure, single sheet, folding to make 5 panels on each side. With 5 color lithographed illustrations on one side, including the title panel; printed text on the other side. Unfolded 68.5 by 8.7 cm (27 by 3.5 inches), folding to 8.7x13.8 cm (3.5 by 5.5 inches).

A little rubbing to margins of title panel, neat repairs to some of the folds; A very good and uncommon promotional brochure.

No copies of this brochure are listed in OCLC/WorldCat Database

Very Good / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #18098

The St. James Hotel, an iconic establishment that debuted its grandeur in 1869, proudly stood as the Southeast's most expansive lodging destination throughout the late 1800s. Dominating Jacksonville's skyline, it reigned as the city's architectural centerpiece until tragedy struck in 1901, when the devastating city fire razed its splendor to ashes.

Yet from the ashes emerged renewal, spearheaded by architect Henry J. Klutho, who resurrected the site's majesty. In 1912, it rose anew as the Cohen Brothers Store, later revered as May-Cohens, a testament to the city's resilience and ingenuity.

Nestled along West Duval Street, the hotel commanded attention, flanked by the verdant expanse of what was then St. James Park, the city's inaugural green space. Renamed Hemming Park in 1899, it honored benefactor Charles C. Hemming, whose generosity adorned its grounds with a Confederate monument.

The origins of the St. James Hotel unfolded shortly after the Civil War, with ongoing expansions over the ensuing decades, eventually sprawling to occupy an entire city block. Its guest register boasted luminaries, from heads of state to European nobility, drawn to its opulent accommodations and renowned hospitality.

Initially conceived as a haven for discerning travelers, the St. James Hotel epitomized luxury in Jacksonville's burgeoning hospitality scene. Its prominence grew with each passing year, culminating in the addition of a three-story brick annex in 1872, a tangible symbol of its expanding influence.

Captured in a bustling scene from 1875, the hotel thrived, its new wing standing testament to its ever-evolving stature. However, fate dealt a cruel blow in 1901, when the ravaging flames of the Great Fire consumed its splendor, leaving behind memories and ruins.

Yet, the spirit of the St. James endured, reincarnated a decade later as the St. James Building, heralding a new era of commerce and culture on the hallowed ground where hospitality once reigned supreme.

Price: $795.00