The City of Jacksonville Department of Public Works, and SouthEast Development Group were honored at the 2013 Historic Preservation Commission Awards Ceremony Thursday evening, May 2, for their efforts in the restoration of Downtown’s Jacobs Jewelers historic clock.
The Jacobs Jewelers Clock, also known as the Greenleaf and Crosby Clock, because of its location in front of the namesake building, was refurbished over a course of two years. The restoration includes computer-controlled chimes, new lights, new paint, a GPS antenna to insure accurate time, and a sturdier base, increasing the height of the clock by 12”. SouthEast Development Group took the opportunity to partner with the City of Jacksonville by providing the necessary project funding for the installation of the 2.2-ton clock, which included a cement base.
The unique timepiece is one of an estimated 12 remaining out of only 100 manufactured by the Seth Thomas Clock Company of Connecticut in 1901. Jacobs Jewelers purchased the clock and installed it in front of their original location on Bay Street soon after the Great Fire of 1901, as a symbol of Jacksonville emerging from the ashes of that catastrophic event. The store and the clock moved from Bay Street to Forsyth Street several years later and then moved again in 1930 to the corner of Laura and Adams Street, the store’s current location. Jacobs Jewelers gifted the clock to the City of Jacksonville in 1995.
This year’s Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony honored 22 organizations and individuals who have contributed to the education, rehabilitation or preservation of Jacksonville history through historical exhibits, commercial and residential building renovations, or preservation projects, such as the Jacobs Jewelers clock.
Public Works Director, Jim Robinson, Chief Administrative Officer, Karen Bowling, on behalf of Mayor Alvin Brown and the City of Jacksonville, and Stephen Atkins of SouthEast Development Group were among those accepting the award at the event hosted at the Main Library in Downtown Jacksonville.