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Finkelstein Building


Genovar's Hall, Jacksonville, Fl.

In the 1940s, Genovar’s Hall was one of the city’s hottest night spots where famous musicians including Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie and Billie Holiday performed. Ray Charles lived around the corner when he moved here from St. Augustine.

The two-story, 8,000 square foot building was constructed in 1891-1895 by a Minorcan descendent, Sebastian Genovar, and was at one time the site of Finklestein’s pawn shop. It was later home to African-American-owned businesses including the Wynn Hotel and the Lenape tavern.

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30.332441, -81.664436

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Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Commercial buildings-Florida-Jacksonville; Historic buildings; Genovar's Hall; Finkelstein Building; Sebastian Genovar; Duval County (Fl.); Jacksonville (Fl.); Images


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