Fifth Avenue / Pleasant Street

Project: A. Quinn Jones Museum

Area(s): Fifth Avenue / Pleasant Street
Type: Museum & Cultural Center
Location: 1013 NW 7th Avenue
Start date: March 2009
Completion date: estimated 2016
Description:

The Fifth Avenue neighborhood has historically been home to many prominent African American leaders within the Gainesville community. One such resident was A. Quinn Jones, a respected educator and civic leader who founded the original Lincoln High School. Arising from the community's desire to honor the accomplishments of Mr. Jones and other leaders, the CRA has fostered a plan to create the A. Quinn Jones House Museum and Cultural Center. The project will feature the restored Jones house, listed on the National Register of Historic Properties.  The House Museum will feature selected artifacts from Professor Jones' life as well as photographs, audio content and interactive features to allow visitors to learn about the people from the Fifth Avenue Pleasant Street Neighborhood, their histories, triumphs and setbacks and how these events related to the broader context of our national history. The hope is that people of all age levels and cultural backgrounds will come away from the experience uplifted, enriched and inspired. Currently, the house is stabilized and a capital campaign is in early planning stages to raise private funds for the project. In the long term the Project will bring new activity to the area by embracing the neighborhood’s unique cultural resources.

The timeline for opening the museum is dependent on the fundraising efforts now underway.

Visit the A. Quinn Jones Museum website for more information on this project: www.aqjmuseum.org

Available funding: $153,346
Milestones accomplished:
+ Building exterior stabilized
+ Home listed on National Register of Historic Places
+ Zoning & Land Use change complete
+ 100% Construction Documents completed for interior renovations and parking lot

Next Steps:
Finalize GMP for interior build-out; Begin interior renovations; Museum exhibit design

CRA Project Manager: Stephanie Seawright
(seawrighsr@cityofgainesville.org) 352-393-8201
Last updated on June 1, 2015

Before Photo:

construction 3

Construction Photo:

construction started on home

Completion Photo:
House with Marker
 
 
Interpretive Plan Rendering:
AQJ House aerial view