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  Palm trees frame Riverplace Tower on the Southbank
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When it was built in the 1960s, the 27-story Gulf Life Building was the city's tallest. Today, nearly 40 years and two name changes later, Riverplace Tower (also known as the SouthTrust Building) ranks only as the city's fourth tallest , but it does remain the tallest building on the Southbank side of the St. Johns River -- for now.

The University Club, located on the top floor, is an exclusive private restaurant and club where many of Jacksonville's biggest movers and shakers of the past few decades have wined and dined with a bird's eye view of the city. For those of us less privileged, the glass-enclosed Skyline Room, located on the building's second floor, just steps from the Southbank Riverwalk, serves basically as an extra dining hall for the building's cafeteria, but its spectacular view of the Northbank skyline and river make it an inviting place for pedestrians interested in an air-conditioned spot to brown bag it while taking in a great view.

Riverplace Tower's reign as the tallest building south of the river will soon be coming to an end. A variety of residential towers in various stages of planning and construction will be rising on the Southbank over the next couple years. In fact, two of those proposed towers are a strikingly futuristic pair that, when completed, will even rise higher than the Northbank side's 42-story Bank of America Tower (currently Jacksonville's tallest).

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  • Updated Jul 23, 2004
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