Tuesday, March 15, 2011
This terra cotta ornamentation on display in the lobby of the Museum of Florida History in downtown Tallahassee was originally a part of one of the earliest skyscrapers in Jacksonville, Florida. The downtown portion of Jacksonville had been destroyed by the Great Fire in 1901, one of the most destructive fires in the history of the southeastern United States. The Hotel Seminole was designed in the Prairie School style of Frank Lloyd Wright by Henry J. Klutho during the city's reconstruction. It was constructed in 1909 and rose a whopping 10 stories into the sky. The hotel was demolished in 1974.