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Jacksonville’s convention center is celebrating 100 years of bringing people together.
The historic venue has been a Jacksonville staple since it first opened its doors as a railroad station in 1919. At one point in history, it was the largest train terminal in the county and would have up to 142 trains welcoming 20,000 passengers visiting Jacksonville every day.
The last passenger train left the station on January 1974. A decade later it was transformed into a state-of-the-arts convention center making it the only southern railroad station converted into a meetings venue in the nation.
The historical architecture is still intact and just as breathtaking as it was a century ago. Rumored to be designed with New York’s Penn Station in mind the former terminal offers 78,000 square feet of flexible meetings space with 22 meeting rooms and a Grand Lobby featuring 75-foot barrel vaulted ceilings with arches, columns, marble walls and glass windows and enough natural light to make the building feel open and inviting.
The convention center was named after an important executive and figurehead in the train industry. Prime F. Osbon III was a lawyer, World War 2 veteran, chairman for the CSX Corporation, and Jacksonville resident.
The Prime Osborn annually hosts hundreds of shows and conventions of all sizes including the Jacksonville Home & Patio show and the Southern Women’s show.
Book your next meeting at the Prime Osborn www.primefosborn.com.