A 106-year-old house that has been listed for several years by the Jacksonville Historical Society as one of the city’s “Most Endangered Historic Properties” has been purchased by a contractor who plans an $800,000 restoration.
Michael Bourre, president of Bourre Construction Group, headquartered in Fleming Island, said he wants to turn the Drew Mansion in Springfield into a showpiece, a model home to which he will move his main office.
“Springfield has got a lot of history,” he said. “There was a resurgence going on in Springfield before the recession hit in 2008 and I feel like that is going start again.”
Built in 1909 as the home of Horace R. Drew, a physician and grandson of Jacksonville pioneer Columbus Drew, the home is located on Third Street across the street from Klutho Park.