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We were so excited to visit the new Pop-A-Top General Store at Depot Park. Goodwin’s Legacy heart pine floors and wall paneling make the old depot look as it did when it was first built in 1859[1]. Once a gathering place for travelers, the old train depot is now a community space again—but this time it is a congregation area for those who want to kick back and stay a while.  Park-goers can even stop in for a cool drink in a nostalgic atmosphere.

Goodwin is proud to have been a part of this renovation project. We provided our Legacy heart pine flooring back in 2012. Now, with the opening of the park, we have seen the space come alive. We love this type of project because it is both sustainable design and historic restoration through and through. At Goodwin, we get to see forgotten, antique wood brought to life each day. We understand the value of our history and its integral role in shaping our future.

 

Pop A TopGuest Post by Lauren Corley

Lauren Corley is a guest author for Goodwin and is a senior in the Innovation Academy at the University of Florida studying Sustainability in the Built Environment with a minor in Innovation. She began her involvement with Goodwin at the 2015 Greenbuild conference in Washington D.C. She is from the Panhandle of Florida and gained an interest for sustainability and its use in space as a high school student. Since moving to Gainesville she has interned for the Repurpose Project as well as the Alachua County Public Schools under the Energy Conservation Specialist.

[1] https://www.theclio.com/web/entry?id=21025

Restoring a Biscayne Park Beauty

Goodwin was proud to be part of another historic renovation.  This time, we provided our River-Recovered® Heart Pine CHARACTER to help restore a 1900s log cabin which once served as the village of Biscayne Park’s “meeting spot”. According to an article in the Miami Herald“The log cabin was built in 1933 as a way to give laborers some work during the Depression.  It cost $247 and used about 140 feet of lumber, according to state records.”

The cabin was expanded through the years to house police and village employees.  However, when it was designated a historic site by the Miami-Dade County Preservation Board, officials pursued constructing a new village hall so they could return the log cabin back to its original state.

And, that is where Goodwin’s reclaimed wood came into play.  An antique cabin needs an antique reclaimed wood floor, so when we got the call for 1100 sq. ft., we were happy to oblige!  The restored cabin – which now serves as the village commission chambers – officially re-opened last month. Richard Heisenbottle was the restoration architect and McKenzie Construction was the contractor.

Read the recent article in the Miami Herald

Historic Preservationist Loves Goodwin’s LEGACY Heart Pine Flooring

In the Old Northeast Historic District of St. Petersburg, Florida, preservationist and past president of the Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, Maureen Stafford is busy restoring a vintage, early twentieth century beauty.  This classic home, like so many built in St. Pete’s grand and early years, was full of heart pine, but age and condition demanded some repair and replacement be done.  Goodwin milled 1020 square feet of LEGACY (building reclaimed) heart pine flooring for the project.  Built at a time when long leaf pine (pinus palustris) was still plentiful in the state of Florida, Maureen’s careful attention to detail and use of historically appropriate materials assures that this old survivor will enjoy an extended lifetime. Goodwin applauds Maureen’s work and the work of all of those who take on the mantle of preserving great American architecture!!

Did you notice?  Maureen used a great old trick in creating the face of her floor.  Knowing that the bed will live in one spot in this room, our preservationist made sure to install most of the knottier boards there, insuring that the remainder of her floor will be perfectly clear.

Still Re-Building a Decade After Hurricane Katrina

A special thank you to Don Green for taking these photos of the Beauvoir Mansion, a National Historic Landmark in Biloxi, Mississippi. Goodwin is providing River-Recovered® Heart Cypress for the porch, which was damaged during Hurricane Katrina, 10 years ago this week. We can’t wait to see the finished product! Old growth, bald cypress is full of naturally occurring cypresene oil that renders it highly resistant to rot; important for a grand old survivor that looks out over the Gulf of Mexico all day long.

PreservationNation Tells the Firestone Story

We would like to extend a special thank you to Jamesha Gibson for taking time to tell the uplifting and inspiring story of how Phoebe and Richard Miles turned their high school dream of revitalizing part of downtown Gainesville into reality. As you know, they purchased and renovated the historic Firestone Building.  Goodwin Company was proud to be part of this incredible project, which received an Honorable Mention for Adaptive Reuse by the Florida Trust for Historic reservation. Please see the full article that appeared in PreservationNation below:

 

 

Firestone Building Honored by Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

(Gainesville, FL) – Phoebe Cade Miles (daughter of the late Dr. James Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade) and her husband Richard restored the 4,000 sq. ft. Firestone Building in Gainesville, Florida last year. On Friday May 8th, 2015, the project was recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (FTHP), receiving an Honorable Mention for Adaptive Reuse at the organization’s annual awards ceremony held in Miami, Florida. Additionally, father and son team, Richard and Ryland Wagner of Joyner Construction in Gainesville – contractors for the restoration – were also honored for their work on the project.

The FTHP’s mission is, “to promote the preservation of the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida through advocacy, education and historic property stewardship.” Accordingly, the Firestone was acknowledged to be, “a proper rehabilitation of a structure to a new use with consideration for the high level of creativity to the adaption.” Adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation was weighed heavily.

The restoration brought together many local building specialists. Goodwin Company, who has worked on several projects that have received recognition by the FTHP, milled the River-Recovered® and reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heartpine which surrounds a rectangle of brilliantly positioned reclaimed pine from the original building and an inlay of a fan medallion in the center.

According to Sarah Vidal-Finn, Manager of the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, “The Firestone Building is a model example showcasing the ability to find incredible worth in historic building stock and sensitively reusing it to support modern commerce and businesses.”

For a full list of FTHP award winners, visit: http://www.floridatrust.org/preservation-awards/2015-award-winners.

Photo Credit: Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group

Restoring History

Hard to believe it has been nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast. Lives, property and a huge piece of our history was lost in one fail swoop on that tragic August day. However, with every disaster, stories of triumph emerge. Goodwin was proud to be part of one of those triumphant “stories”.

The historic Charnley-Norwood house, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, was literally torn apart by Hurricane Katrina. However, in 2013, the entire structure was restored to its original beauty. Architect Larry Albert specified Goodwin Company to supply antique wood for the restoration. We provided 800sf of River-Recovered® Curly Heart Pine T&G V-joint paneling, and 1000sf of 3-1/4″ Legacy (building reclaimed) heartpine T&G flooring.

We would like to share the short documentary, By the Hand of the Unseen Poet by Ellis Anderson.

Learn more at: http://www.savemyplacems.com/listing/charnley-norwood-house/

As an additional note, this project received a 2014 Heritage Award for Preservation Education. We were honored to be part of restoring this important piece of our nation’s history!

Historic Service Station Transformed by Renovation

Antique Reclaimed Wood Serves as Centerpiece of Firestone Office Building’s New Look

(Circa 1929)

(Gainesville, FL) – Great architecture stands forever, which is why Phoebe Cade Miles (daughter of the late Dr. James Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade) and her husband Richard – owners of the old Firestone building in Gainesville, Florida – chose to install antique River-Recovered® and Legacy Heartpine flooring during their recent renovation. The building, which also houses University of Florida’s Gator Lab and Starter Space, features 4,000 sq. ft. of office space (two stories), a reception area, inside second floor balcony and a completely renovated and remodeled interior. The building itself was constructed using Campville Brick, another material with a unique story and history.

The hallmark of the newly remodeled space is the River-Recovered® and reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heartpine provided by Goodwin Company, which surrounds a rectangle of brilliantly positioned reclaimed pine from the original building and an inlay of a fan medallion in the center. Boston native Rudy Dittmar performed the installation.

“We could not have created this incredible space without the help of Goodwin Company,” explains Miles. “They provided the antique heartpine flooring we needed to complement the original flooring. We were able to save some of the original flooring and with their help, were able to create an amazing design that worked both old and new into a work of beauty.”

“Restoring and renovating historic spaces is one of our passions,” says Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “Words cannot describe the feeling of witnessing your product breathe new life into a building with such deep roots and history. Antique wood is really the only option when you want to preserve the rich history and appeal.”

 

Photo Credit: Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group

About Goodwin Company

Founded in 1976, Goodwin Company is the building design industry’s trusted partner and preferred resource for fine antique reclaimed and River-Recovered® wood flooring. Esteemed architects, designers and builders specify Goodwin’s products for use in luxury residential homes, historical renovations and commercial projects including corporate office buildings, universities, libraries and high-end retail establishments.  Prominent work includes: This Old House corporate offices, private residences of Bob Villa, Paul McCartney, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ted Turner, Weyland Art Gallery, Brownwood at The Villages, the Charnley-Norwood House and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.  For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

Public Invited to View Key West Custom House Wood Floor Re-finish

Experts Donate Time to Re-Finish Museum Floors While Conducing a Public Demonstration of Finishing Techniques

Who: A team of the nations most esteemed wood flooring experts are in Key West donating their time and expertise to re-finish the Key West Custom House Museum floors. George and Carol Goodwin of Goodwin Company and Howard Brickman of Brickman Consulting are leading the effort in partnership with Bona®, who is donating all of the finishing supplies and equipment.
What: Meet the wood flooring team and view an enlightening demonstration of the latest techniques in museum wood floor finishing.
When: Saturday, May 3rd; 10:00am – 12:00 noon
Where: Key West Custom House Museum – 381 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040

Members of the media and public are invited to meet the nations top wood floor experts and attend a public demonstration of the Key West Custom House Museum floor re-finishing project. See the latest in museum quality wood floor finishes as the team incorporates a revolutionary Bona indoor floor oil which is used in Europe and has just been introduced into the U.S. Witnessing the before and after transformation of the museum floor will be a spectacular site to see.

With over 33 years of experience in the wood flooring industry, Brickman is considered the industry’s preeminent expert on specialty installations as well as flooring and job site inspections. He is an expert in troubleshooting unplanned wood floor problems and is currently the nation’s leading sought after expert in wood floor civil lawsuits. Brickman served as the former Manager of Inspection and School Services at the National Oak Floor Manufacturing Association (predecessor of the National Wood Flooring Association).

George and Carol Goodwin are the co-founders of Goodwin Company, the nation’s premier manufacturer of fine antique reclaimed and River-Recovered wood flooring. George Goodwin is considered the pioneer of River-Recovered wood flooring. His passion has taken him deep into river bottoms to reclaim some of the oldest, most beautiful heartpine and heart cypress in the world. Goodwin’s wood has been specified by architects and designers for use in prominent architecture and homes, including the Texas Governor’s Mansion, Charnley-Norwood House and private residences of Paul McCartney and Frank Lloyd Wright.

For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.