The architectural works of Joseph Haygood Blodgett
A look at the overlooked architectural works of Joseph Haygood Blodgett. One of Jacksonville's early architects and Florida's first black millionaires.
1241 Hart Street. Following his death in 1934, Blodgett’s family sold their larger Sugar Hill residence and relocated to this Blodgett owned structure. Courtesy of Google Streetview.
1251 Hart Street. Courtesy of Google Streetview.
1447 (left) and 1441 (right) North Myrtle Avenue.
2203 Moncrief Road is a structure with the facade characteristics of a Blodgett designed structure.
Blodgett Shotgun Houses
The 12 shotgun houses below are all located with close proximity of each other in the Barnett’s subdivision plat. Generally bounded by Kings Road (south), S-Line Urban Greenway (east), Durkeeville (north) and Whitner Street (west), this section of northwest Jacksonville rapidly developed during the first two decades of the 20th Century as Jacksonville’s population increased from 28,429 to 91,558 residents. Built for the working class, these houses are likely representative of the type of rental properties that led to Blodgett becoming one of Florida’s first black millionaires. The trademark design elements of Blodgett’s larger two-story residences can be found in the front facade of his shotguns.
1327 Steele Street courtesy of Google Streetview.
1237 Hart Street courtesy of Google Streetview.
1216 (right) and 1220 (left) West 5th Street. Courtesy of Google Streetview.
1217 (right) and 1213 (left) West 5th Street. Courtesy of Google Streetview.
1476 (right) and 1480 (left) North Myrtle Avenue. Courtesy of Google Streetview.
Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at email@example.com