City Hall

Contact Information:

117 W. Duval St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Weekends: Closed

* Note that hours are subject to change. Please call to verify









In 1869-1901 the site of the present St. James Building was occupied by a public inn/hotel with the same name. The building was actually a small village under one roof. It contained telegraph, ticket, luggage transfer facilities, laundry, barbershop, wine room, reading rooms, a passenger elevator and accommodations for 500 guests. The great fire of 1901 leveled the original inn/hotel. The building proprietor, J.R. Campbell, found a local merchant who was interested in the property for his retail commercial dry-goods company and teamed him together with architect, Henry John Klutho. Architect Klutho designed and performed construction management during 1910 – 1912 opening the building on March 23rd.

The name St. James Building stuck to the property and the building; both were attractive to the Cohen brothers who operated an upscale department store at this location until the May Company, a national dry-goods chain, purchased their operation in 1959. The building was placed on the list of the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and finally purchased by the City of Jacksonville in 1993 during a major funding program called "The Renaissance Plan". Part of this plan included purchasing, restoring and retrofitting of the St. James for a new city hall which would place the consolidated government at the very heart of the City of Jacksonville’s downtown urban area.


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  • 214 N. Hogan St.
  • Suite 120
  • Jacksonville, FL 32202