To see accurate and up-to-date progress of the group's work, please like and follow us on Facebook. You can find us by searching Annie Lytle Preservation Group. This is where we will be notifying everyone of future volunteer work days and other interesting facts and pictures of School Four. We will no longer be posting progress on here, however, you can still look through our begins to see where we all started! Clicking the picture below will take you straight to our Page.
Yup! You read that right! The time has finally come! We will be having a group volunteer day this Saturday, December 10th from 10AM-2PM. The event is being sponsored by TruHome Realty - First Coast and we are ready for a great turn out. JACKSONVILLE, come out and help save an historic landmark! Be ready to get down and dirty, it is time to show the school some much needed love. If you come to volunteer, you are coming to work, NO PHOTO SHOOTS. You will be signing in before entering the school. Bring gloves, shovels, wheelbarrows, and a pair of clothes you don't mind getting dirt on! Hope to see you there, together, we will save this 100 year old building! If you have any questions, please feel free to message us via facebook!
Long time since we made a post on the website, however, this does not mean we dissappeared! We hace still been working effortlessly to matain the school and the surrounding property. We have secruity at the school every night over the past years. We continue to work on the school and would like to thank you all for your support!
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We are sure many of you already know just how hot it is outside. Lets just say School was out for Summer! The Annie Lytle Preservation Group has worked hard these past months, however, the insane heat only allows us to do so much. General clean out of the building is near impossible inside a building with no A/C! But the work we do is not stopped. We continue to maintain the property. The lawn is mowed, fences are secure, and security is still at an all time high. It may seem as if our Website and Facebook page have not been updated, but that's merely because there is not much to update you guys with! Summer has been slow but as soon as it cools off our preservation efforts will begin to heat up! For more History and Information about volunteering check out our website or simply get in contact with us! STAY TUNED!
The month of May was another one for the books!
Most of the Cafeteria was cleaned out, all that is left is the pile we made from emptying out the 2nd floor.
The entire East Wing is now cleaned out as well. This month, the group finished the last room in the wing and the hardest one at that! Check out the previous months work, this room was layered with carpet, tile, wood and more wood! Today, now it is down to its bare concrete awaiting it's renovation!
... With that being said, Public School Number Four is NOT abandoned anymore!
Please remember that this is private property and that people are working very hard to save it. Eyes are watching the building 24/7. If you are on the property without authorization, you WILL get caught and arrested.
.... And of course, we continue on restoring Room 107! Check out April's issue for more pictures of this project.
Numbers were added to the Chelsea Street Portico to help mock the original and to show it's address!
The group has finally began to clean the floor in the auditorium! Over the years, grass and a "lawn" began to grow. Now it is time to get it out of there, it damages the building and needs to be gone!
Room 107: The past is coming back
The Annie Lytle Preservation Group is working on a sub-project to restore a classroom back to what it would have looked like when the school was in operation. We hope that in this process it will inspire a future buyer to see the potential in the place, not just spray paint and deterioration.
This is a picture of Room 107 before we started working. We picked this room because most of the hardwood was still intact and well preserved throughout the years. Eventually we will sand it and fix it to its former glory.
This is Annie Lytle's REAL history!!! Not all the years of damage from spray paint and vandals. This room is not done yet but just what we have done so far speaks volumes.
This is what the portico looked liked on the Chelsea street side. We also added our version of a "Corner Stone"
For years, this Keebler Elf Tree plagued the yard with its presence. The ALPG has wanted it gone for a long time now but the old deformed tree put up a fight. This month volunteer, Zach Lunsford, put an end to the tree and finally cut it down. We even saved pieces of this tree to refurbish into some unique pieces of furniture for the building when it becomes restored.
The group is looking forward to May! So much work to do and we are excited for everything to come. This month we will also be winning an award for the efforts we have made at the Annie Lytle School for the past ten years. None of these could be possible without the man who started it all those years ago, the Annie Lytle Preservation Group leader, Tim Kinnear.
The fence is constantly being fixed to help keep out trespassers. Remember, this building is PRIVATE property constantly being watched by JSO and ALPG Security. Our group is allowed on site by the owners for strict volunteer purposes to help save the school!
The auditorium also needed some grooming done. Eventually we will scrape this area down to bare concrete, but right now all we can do is keep it cut!
Many plans for April, but until then, see you at the end of it!! As always thank you for the support with your favorite preservation team, the Annie Lytle Preservation Group!
If we are not at the school, we are at Beach Road Chicken Dinner! If you have not been there you should stop on by!
Even with all the incredible amounts of painting, the ALPG continues to secure the fence and keep the yard maintained....
... And we even began to clean out another classroom as well.
After a hard days work, The ALPG earned a meal out. Although we are lacking a few, each person in the picture has made this months outstanding achievements possible. In order they are: Faith Victoria, Linley Campbell and her mother, Lisa Marie Frances-Jones, Ivy Buford, Tommy Light, Zach Lunsford, Nick Lunsford, Justin
Kaleel, and our group leader, Timothy Kinnear.
February is a short month, but as always, our group makes great success. We would again like to thank everyone for their support and make sure to come back in March to see more progress!