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Property Name American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps Station
Reference Number 14000187
State Florida
County Duval
Town Jacksonville Beach
Street Address 2 Ocean Front North
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/5/2014
Areas of Significance Health/Medicine, Recreation, Architecture
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14000187.pdf
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The Jacksonville Beach American Red Cross Life Saving Corps Station in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, is being nominated under Criterion A at the local level in the areas of Health and Entertainment/Recreation and Criterion C in the area of Architecture. The station has been a beachfront landmark within the city of Jacksonville Beach since its construction in 1947. The Jacksonville Beach American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps, which has played a significant role nationally in the expansion of American Red Cross' water safety program as its first beachfront lifesaving corps, continues to use this building as the center of their operations. The building and the Corps has significantly improved the safety of the beaches, not only helping to save drowning victims but also serving as a first aid room and de facto clinic for victims of automobile and theme park accidents. The building is a late example of the Art Modeme Style, which is best expressed by the attached five-story watchtower known as the peg. It is also one of the best-known works of noted local architect Jefferson Davis Powell. Although the building has undergone a number of alterations, including a one-story addition in 2012, it retains enough historic integrity to qualify for listing in the National Register.

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