Dr. John Gorrie was a celebrated physician, scientist, inventor
and humanitarian. In 1844, Dr. Gorrie officially invented the first
air conditioner and his original design for the first ice machine
can still be seen as part of the permanent collection of the
Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
John Gorrie Junior High School was erected in 1923. For many
decades the school provided educational excellence to the children
of the Riverside neighborhood in Jacksonville. John Gorrie Junior
High School officially closed in 1997 and was purchased by J. Wayne
and Delores Barr Weaver in February of 2009.
Given the size of the building and its surrounding site, in
addition to its historical significance, the renovation of the John
Gorrie School is an important component of the continued
revitalization of the Riverside-Avondale historic neighborhood and
a monument to the rich architectural heritage of the area.