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.