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Jul 13, 2023

Dr. Wayne W. Wood, Hon. AIA. Widely regarded as one of the foremost chroniclers of Jacksonville’s history and architecture, Dr. Wayne Wood has been called “the undisputed godfather of preservation in Jacksonville.” An author, historian, artist, and retired optometrist, Wayne is the founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation, the Riverside Arts Market, and Friends of Hemming Park. He is the author of the local classic book, Jacksonville's Architectural Heritage, and he recently published a completely new deluxe edition to commemorate the city’s Bicentennial. It was his fifteenth book on Jacksonville. In 2010 he was selected as one of the “Top Twenty Change Agents in Northeast Florida” by the Florida Times-Union. Wayne is the Historian-at-Large for the Jacksonville Historical Society. A self-proclaimed “Arts Agitator,” he was named one of the “50 Most Influential People in Northeast Florida” by Jacksonville Magazine, and Folio Weekly called him "The Most Interesting Man in Jacksonville."

Interviewer Tim Gilmore is the author of 21 books and several works for the stage, and is the founder of the literary arts festival JaxbyJax. He’s also the writer and creator of, a project that explores nearly 600 stories of strange and historic locations in and around Jacksonville, Florida.


Check out a copy of the Bicentennial Edition or the original edition of Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage in our catalog!


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