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Florida Mid-Century Modern Roofs & Canopies

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Skinners Dairy built about 25 stores in Jacksonville and St. Augustine from 1958-1985. They were designed by Taylor Hardwick. Most of these were located in Jacksonville. None of them are still operating. The early buildings were painted orange and white and featured butterfly roofs and drive-thru windows on each side. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

former Skinners' Dairy store
San Juan Ave.
Jacksonville, FL
former Skinners' Dairy store
St. Johns Ave.
Jacksonville, FL

former Skinners' Dairy store
Bowden Rd.
Jacksonville, FL
former Skinners' Dairy store
Arlington Rd.
Jacksonville, FL

former Skinners' Dairy store
St. Augustine, FL
The San Juan Ave. location has been painted red since this 2008 photo. [photo thanks Jonathan Lux] [map]

The St. Johns Ave. location was built in 1959. It now houses the St. Johns Flower Market. [map]

The Bowden Rd. location was built in 1963. The building housed the Eastham Coffee Company when this photo was taken in 2009. It now houses the Liberty Bakery. [map]

The Arlington Rd. location was built in 1958. It has been repainted since this 2009 photo. The building now houses the Squeaky Clean Car Wash. [map]

I believe the St. Augustine location was built in 1970. It housed Fast Payday Loans when this photo was taken in 2009. The building was vacant in 2015. [map]

Other former Skinners Dairy locations:
Jacksonville
Jacksonville
Jacksonville Beach
St. Augustine

Farm Store
Miami Springs, FL
Farm Store
Miami, FL
These Farm Store drive-thru buildings were first built in 1957 in the Miami area. About two dozen of them still exist and are still operating. [Miami Springs map]; [Miami map]

There is also at least one location in Tampa, FL.

Jax Car Sales
Jacksonville, FL
David Johnson's [gone]
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
The Jax Car Sales building was constructed in 1969. This photo is from 2009. By 2011, the building was housing Mendoza Tire Services Does anyone know what was here originally? [map]

David Johnson's was a restaurant. The building was later used as a landscaping stone store. The building appeared to be abandoned when this photo was taken in 2009. It had been demolished by 2013.

Florida Citrus Center
Yulee, FL
Florida Citrus Center
Jacksonville, FL
The Florida Citrus Center in Yulee is a former Stuckey's restaurant. This building is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. Stuckey's was founded in Eastman, GA in the early 1930s. The chain grew rapidly and focused primarily on GA and FL locations. At the company's peak, there were more than 350 locations. By the late 1970s, there were less than 75 left. However, the chain is rebounding today and has more than 200 locations in more than 19 states. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

I assume this Florida Citrus Center in Jacksonville is another repurposed building. Does anyone recognize what it was originally? [map]

Hedges Family Eco Center
Naples, FL
Americana Motor Inn [gone]
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Hedges Family Eco Center was built in the early 1960s as a Visitors Center, operated by the Naples Chamber of Commerce. The building was restored from 2001-2002. In 2005, it was renamed the Hedges Family Eco Center. The building serves as an educational center. [map]

The Americana Motor Inn was built in 1965, designed by McKirahan & Russell. It had a tent-like, seven-pointed, folded-plane concrete roof. It later became the Best Western Marina Inn and Yacht Harbor. In 2006, there was talk of moving the structure. However, it was demolished in 2007.

Plaza Motel
Panama City Beach, FL
The Plaza Motel office features a 1960s-looking folded plate roof. [map]

For a similar style roof, see the Howard Johnson's in Asbury Park, NJ.

former Buning the Florist [gone]
Hollywood, FL
former Buning the Florist
Miami, FL
This former Buning the Florist building in Hollywood had been vacant for many years. The photo on the left was taken in 2005. The photo on the right is from 2009. By 2013, the building was gone.

The former Buning the Florist in Miami was the company's second location, built in 1972. The building housed the Adult Supermarket when this photo was taken in 2009. By 2011, it was housing the Miami's Vice adult store. [map]

Another Buning the Florist building in Miami also houses another adult book store. Another location in Plantation now houses a pawn shop. There was another location, possibly the original, in Fort Lauderdale, FL in the 1960s. I believe there were more than 30 locations in the chain, all located in Florida. I don't know how many buildings like this were built. If you know of any other buildings like this that still exist, I'd love to hear from you.

More Florida Mid-Century Modern Roofs & Canopies:
Chuck's Auto Sales (Perry)
Jungle Gardens (Sarasota)
Pagoda Building (Sarasota)
Williams Park Bandshell (St. Petersburg)
former Avis Rent a Car (Sunny Isles Beach)

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