Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Amazing Jacksonville Florida Mid Century Modern Building and Fall Exploration

This Sunday the Hurricane aftermath left half of the Ramona flea market closed. I (somewhat surprisingly) left without buying anything and decided to check out the amazing mysterious mid century modern building at the end of Ramona blvd, this time the fence was left open so I could "sneak"  in and skulk around the building.


My guesses about it were right, it's a rental hall known as the Ramona Pavilion Ballroom, mostly rented out for weddings. I love every bit of this amazing building, wouldn't it especially be perfect for a 60s or 70s themed wedding?


The roof, the windows, everything about the building is gorgeous. It's the era of architecture I've been drawn to for a long time now, dark, lots of natural wood and materials, with geometric flair. It almost looks like a pagoda.


Sneaking around back there's lots of open grass and trees, the roof looking just as lovely from behind.


In the distance behind the building, some houses I didn't trespass on. Lovely even from afar.


To the right of the building there's a path that leads to a little lake for weddings. I sat in front of the lake for a little while peacefully, sweating under the early October still-feels-like-summer Florida sun. (Our first hint of cool breeze came yesterday!)


There's loads of space around the pavilion, grass, trees, I picked some gorgeous goldenrod to take home and put in a vase, leaving most for the bees, of course.


Jacksonville has bits of mod tucked around, it's fascinating to behold and explore. I know it's the dream of most vintage and/or architecture lovers, but wouldn't it be fun to just travel the U.S photographing kitschy roadside attractions and unique mod buildings? I know I'll get there one day, but it's gratifying to explore the mod and kitsch in my own city and state in the meantime.
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11 comments:

  1. What a stunning building - especially the roof - in such a beautiful setting! I can see why this venue is popular for weddings :)

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  2. I can see why you love this pavilion ballroom....what a great-looking place, Vanessa! I agree it would make a great backdrop for a 60s/70s wedding:)

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    1. I could see the bride with a Pricilla Presley bouffant, haha

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  3. This is such an interesting venue! Love the unique roof.

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    1. The roof makes it, such an interesting detail.

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  4. The neighborhoods off Memorial Park Rd. near Joseph Stillwell Jr HS has tons of mid-century homes. I go through all the time and love just looking at all the different silhouettes.

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    1. Ooh I'll have to peek around. I remember Mandarin having a lot of them when I lived there and we did spent weekends when I was 20 touring them and going to the book store to read manga. Ah, my rebellious early 20s. ;) haha

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