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[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Decrepit public school with Doric columns and... News PhotoAbandoned,Doric,Downtown District,Finance,Florida - US State,Gulf Coast States,Horizontal,Jacksonville - Florida,USA,WindowPhotographer Lindsay GramanaCollection: Moment © 2013 Lindsay Wiles Gramana[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Decrepit public school with Doric columns and boarded windows visible from I-95 in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. The original wooden Riverside Park School was built in 1891. More than twenty years and multiple additions later, Duval County declared it a fire hazard. Public School Number Four was one of several brick school houses built to accomodate the city's growing community. Construction ensued from 1917 to 1918 and cost over $250,000. The school was eventually renamed Annie Lytle Elementary School in honor of a long-time teacher and principal. In the 1950s, the erection of I-95 and I-10 separated it from Riverside Park. Removed from the public, the school ceased operations in 1960. After serving as storage and office space, the former Public School Number Four was condemned in 1971. Since then, it has succumbed to at least one fire, collapse, the homeless, adventurous youth, gangs, paranormal activity, historic landmark designation, and on-again off-again plans for demolition.