About the San Marco Preservation Society


Our Mission


The Preservation Society works to preserve and renew San Marco as an area of historical and architectural significance for the benefit of local residents and businesses and the education and enjoyment of visitors and the public at large.

A BRIEF HISTORY


The area we know today as San Marco has a long and rich history, known by many names over many years. Starting as a 216-acre Spanish land grant in 1793, the land was transferred to the Craig and Hendricks families, passed down through generations, then sold into residential parcels after the Civil War. Retiring Florida Governor Harrison Reed bought a considerable eastern portion and platted it as South Jacksonville; the western remainder was platted by Elizabeth Hendricks and called Oklahoma; and just south of Oklahoma, the large Alexandria Estate was established by Governor Reed’s sister Martha and her husband, railroad tycoon Alexander Mitchell.

In 1901, at the time of the Great Jacksonville Fire, the Southbank was primarily a ferry landing and shipyard site. As fire ravaged the Northbank, the Southbank became a refuge for families. South Jacksonville was formed in 1907, and development began in earnest with the opening of the St. John’s River (Acosta) Bridge in 1921. Telfair Stockton bought 80 acres of land north of the Mitchell Estate for the new San Marco subdivision and business center. The street names and business district were inspired by the Piazza di San Marco in Venice, Italy.

San Marco was an immediate success. An additional subdivision, Villa Alexandria, was then platted on the overgrown estate in 1929. The first two homes in this development were built by Carl and John Swisher, who had just moved their King Edward Cigar Company from Chicago to Jacksonville.

In 1932, Greater Jacksonville absorbed the South Jacksonville municipality and development transformed the area into much of the community seen today.

STAFF


San Marco Preservation Hall


preservation-hallPreservation Hall Coordinator
Gertrude Green
(904) 396-4734

Office Administrator Hours:
Tue / Thu: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

EMAIL

South Jacksonville City Hall


0606ac32-f07a-4a64-8729-778e905fdcca_dAdministrative Assistant
Ellen Wilson
(904) 396-0081

Office Administrator Hours:
Mon / Tue / Thu: 9 a.m. – Noon

EMAIL

BOARD


2017 – 2018 Officers


Bryan Mickler

President

Debra Pataky

Secretary

Richard Kohn

Treasurer

LeAnna Cumber

Immediate Past President

Committee Chairmen

Chris Woolston

Beautification

Karen Carlucci

Membership

Tiffany Heavener

Membership

Linzee Ott

Social Media

Linzee Ott

Safety

Gordon Mott

Traffic / Pedestrian & Bicycle

Barbara Hall

Preservation Hall

Debra Pataky

Land Zoning

Robin Robinson

Historian

William Michaelis

Legal

Ellen Wilson

Administrator

Debbie Hanania

Katie Moreno

Special Projects

 

Andrew Dickson

San Marco By Design

Rosemary Robie

Luminaria

 

Directors Emeritus

Zim Boulus

Lori Boyer

Suzanne Perritt

Rob Smith

Advisory Members

Mary Toomey

Janet Hogshead

Keith Kimball

Doug Skiles

Other

 

Lori Boyer

District 5 Councilwoman

Desiree Bailey

SMMA Liaison