Wayne W. Wood, Hon. AIA
Wayne W. Wood, Hon. AIA | Notes of Interest
An optometrist by training, Wayne Wood has a passion for architecture that rivals that of most architects. His contributions to architecture in north Florida have been immense. Through his activism and grass-roots efforts, he has helped save and restore some of Jacksonville’s greatest architectural treasures. The Union Terminal Train Station (converted to the Jacksonville Convention Center), the St. James Building (converted to the Jacksonville City Hall), and the Haydon Burns Library are just a few examples of the historically significant architecture he has been instrumental in helping to preserve. He has proven hundreds of times that he is a tireless and fearless protector of the city’s historic structures. Wood was also instrumental in drafting and implementing Jacksonville’s first Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1979.
Wood is widely regarded as one of the great chroniclers of Jacksonville’s history and architecture. Of particular note is Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage: Landmarks for the Future, which celebrates the city’s rich architectural history and highlights the work and influence of such architects as Henry J. Klutho and Louis Sullivan. In addition, he was the major organizer and producer for the Florida premier of “Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture,” a film by Mark Richard Smith, and the highly successful Frank Lloyd Wright Film Festival, staged as a fund-raiser for AIA Jacksonville.
His vision and his ability to inspire led recently to the opening of the Riverside Arts Market, a massive weekend marketplace for artists and local farmers. Wood’s idea for using dead space under an I-95 overpass has transformed this area into one of Jacksonville’s biggest attractions. He worked for more than 15 years on the planning and development of this project.
Wood is fondly referred to as the godfather of Jacksonville history, and in that role he has served as a knowledgeable and articulate protector and promoter of city architecture. He is an author, visionary, and multifaceted artist whose work has spanned 40 years and encompasses some of Jacksonville’s most enduring art and architecture. His accomplishments have literally transformed the city of Jacksonville, and he has done all these things as a volunteer in the spirit of community service.
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Wayne W. Wood, Hon. AIA
- Location: Jacksonville, Florida
His devotion to preserving the city’s architectural history through hands-on preservation projects and major education initiatives is unparalleled. His leadership on this issue is legendary.
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