In the early 2000’s, Vestcor successfully renovated two buildings in downtown Jacksonville, 11 East Forsyth and The Carling, making Vestcor the first to successfully renovate a high rise in Jacksonville.
The 11 East Forsyth building, formerly known as the Lynch building, was purchased in October of 2001. Vestcor Construction Services handled the extensive renovations of 11 East Forsyth, which included restoring the exterior to its original splendor, while converting the interior to 127 classically designed apartments, including some loft apartments. The building was originally constructed during the Florida land boom in 1926 and was one of the first seven Jacksonville skyscrapers built during this time frame.
The Carling, originally The Carling Hotel, was built in 1926 by the Dinkler Hotel Company. The hotel was sold in 1936 and renamed Hotel Roosevelt. After the Hotel Roosevelt fire in December 1963, the hotel closed. Vestcor Construction services restored and renovated many of the fascinating original architectural features of this downtown Jacksonville landmark, including the marble staircase, terrazzo floors and the grand Palladian windows. Vestcor began renovating The Carling in 2003 and the project was completed in July of 2005.
11 East Forsyth and The Carling are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings and were renovated in accordance with The National Park Service Historic Renovation guidelines.