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Introducing J.R. Walsh and His Original Blueprints for Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church....

Updated: Oct 31, 2023


Original Blueprints of Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church

James Walsh, designer of Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, arrived in North Florida at the age of 41. Soon after the Great Fire of 1901, Walsh made his architectural skills available to help rebuild Jacksonville. The character of the homes he designed helped form the style of the greater Riverside area in Jacksonville. Walsh’s career culminated in 1922, at the age of 68, with being awarded the contract to design the newest church in Jacksonville. Old Holy Rosary’s cornerstone was laid in 1923, and the Catholic architect would have attended the church consecration in 1924. Unfortunately, later that year at the age of 70, Walsh passed away and was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, making his final resting place about a mile from his masterpiece. Please join us in praying for the repose of the soul of Mr. James R. Walsh on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Source - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/162372968/james-r-walsh#view-photo=265605313


J.R. Walsh's Death Certificate

James R. Walsh

BIRTH - 14 Aug 1854, New York, USA
DEATH - 12 Nov 1924 (aged 70) Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
BURIAL - Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
PLOT St.Marys Section 2 Block 3, MEMORIAL ID 162372968 · View Source









"James R. Walsh started his architectural career in 1881 in Massachusetts but soon abandoned it to become a traveling salesman and later a mining engineer in Colorado. After arriving in Jacksonville, FL in 1895 to establish a lumber mill, Walsh returned to the practice of architecture in 1903, which resulted in him designing several landmark buildings such as the old Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 2049 N. Laura Street, in Springfield. In addition to designing his own residence at 2743 Park Street, Jacksonville, (now a parking lot for a surgery center), he designed two Prairie Style residences in Riverside, the Robert W. Simms house, 2782 St. John's Avenue, in 1913, and the J. Edgar Iwanoski house at 2525 Riverside Avenue, 1921. Two fine examples that still stand today. Extracted from www.jaxhistory.com"
(Bio provided by contributor Catherine Westergaard, 47339001)


















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