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Matheson Museum Library and Archives Honored by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Organization Accepts the 2018 Historic Preservation Award for Meritorious Achievement/Adaptive Use

Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and cypress, is proud to announce that the Matheson Museum Library and Archives renovation project was awarded a 2018 Historic Preservation Award for Meritorious Achievement / Adaptive Use by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.  Goodwin Company nominated the project for this esteemed award which recognizes “historic preservationists, organizations, programs or preservation achievements that have made a significant impact in preserving Florida’s history and heritage.”  The Matheson History Museum, Joyner Construction and Jay Reeves Associates were the official award recipients.

FTHP 2018 Award

TJ Salmons (Joyner Construction), Jeffrey Forbes (Goodwin Company) and Ryland Wagner (Joyner Construction) Proudly Display the 2018 Historic Preservation Award for Meritorious Achievement / Adaptive Reuse Award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Constructed in 1933, the building was originally home of the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle. It later became the Barrow Family Antique Store before being transformed into The Melting Pot fondue restaurant. In 2017, the building was renovated to become the new home of the Matheson Museum Library and Archives. The interior is finished with Goodwin Company’s Old Florida longleaf heart pine flooring. Goodwin’s flooring, laced with red toned growth rings, complements the building’s original ceiling beams, contributing to the authenticity of this historic Gainesville, Florida building.

Goodwin Company was pleased be part of this important historic preservation project. Jeffrey Forbes, Marketing Manager for Goodwin Company, was on hand for the award presentation which took place on Friday, May 18th at the Jesse Ball DuPont Center in Jacksonville, Florida.  TJ Salmons and Ryland Wagner of Joyner Construction accepted the award.

“Historic preservation projects like this are the cornerstone of what we do,” explains Forbes.  “We recognize the importance of remembering and restoring our past.  Using authentic materials that are similar or the same as what was specified in the original design is key to any historic preservation project. Goodwin’s reclaimed wood was used in the Matheson Museum Library and Archives restoration to symbolize early 1900s aesthetics.”

“Providing reclaimed wood that aids in preservation of our architectural heritage is an important part of Goodwin’s mission”, says Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company.

The Matheson received private donations and a grant from the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources to help finance this adaptive reuse project, which was completed by Joyner Construction, Jay Reeves Associates, and Rudy Ditmar of Rudy’s Professional floor sanding.

Matheson Library and Archives Building

The interior of the Matheson Museum Library and Archives finished with Goodwin Company’s Old Florida longleaf heart pine flooring

Antique Heart Pine and Heart Cypress – New is Not a Suitable Substitute

Historic preservation projects have a special place in the history and heart of our business.
Goodwin provides custom milled River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood flooring, paneling and other products, guaranteeing accuracy and authenticity when replacing “like for like” historic building materials.

River-Recovered heart pine and heart cypress are the same aged virgin growth species that were harvested from the colonial period in American history up until World War II. Therefore, River-Recovered heart pine and heart cypress offers the perfect fix when replacing damaged material in historical buildings that were constructed during that period. Legacy – or building reclaimed heart pine – has the unmistakable patina of the past because it once graced older buildings, thus has been air dried for 120 years or more.

There is no substituting new growth for old growth, which is why the best preservationist architects only specify quality old growth materials. While the species may be the same, the properties of long lived old growth wood are vastly different from quickly grown and freshly harvested modern trees. Density, growth rings, frequency of knots, greater amounts of olio resin in virgin heart pine and greater amounts of wood preserving cypresene oil in virgin heart cypress are just a few of the pronounced qualities distinguishing old growth heart pine and heart cypress from new.

Below are a few of our favorite historic preservation projects. Enjoy!

Charnley-Norwood House
Designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1890, this historical restoration called for curly heart pine as well as Legacy vertical clear heart pine.


Firestone Building
The restoration of this 1927 building involved 1600sf of River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine solid tongue and groove flooring. It was recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as an Adaptive Reuse Honorable Mention in May of 2015.


Old Gainesville Train Depot
Antique building reclaimed legacy heart pine flooring and paneling breathed new life in this historic train depot, which is now home to a Pop-a-Top.


Matheson History Museum Library and Archives
This historic building was originally built for the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle. Today, it has been restored to house the Matheson Museum Library and Archives, boasting a gorgeous old Florida heart pine floor.

Old Florida Heartpine – A Staple in Sustainable Design

Goodwin is fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with environmental foresters who manage longleaf pine plantations. When storms cause damage in the forests, Goodwin removes the threatened trees to help ensure the continued growth of the ecosystem. Goodwin then mills them into our beautiful Old Florida heartpine paneling and flooring.

Old Florida heartpine warms up contemporary spaces…

Old Florida Heartpine – A Staple in Sustainable Design

3-1/4″ Old Florida heartpine tongue and groove with Clear Diamond 7 finish by Heritage Wood Finish Company.

Old Florida Heartpine – A Staple in Sustainable Design

3-1/4″ Old Florida heartpine tongue and groove with Clear Diamond 7 finish by Heritage Wood Finish Company.

…and is perfect for historic renovations as well.

Old Florida with a stain

Matheson History Museum Library & Archives. Old Florida heartpine flooring with a stain. Installation by Rudy Dittmar of Rudy’s Professional Floor Sanding Gainesville, Florida. Joyner Construction – General Contractor. Jay Reeves – Architect.

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Matheson History Museum Library & Archives. Old Florida heartpine flooring with a stain. Installation by Rudy Dittmar of Rudy’s Professional Floor Sanding Gainesville, Florida. Joyner Construction – General Contractor. Jay Reeves – Architect.

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Matheson History Museum Library & Archives. Old Florida heartpine flooring with a stain. Installation by Rudy Dittmar of Rudy’s Professional Floor Sanding Gainesville, Florida. Joyner Construction – General Contractor. Jay Reeves – Architect.

Let’s look at some key features of Goodwin’s high quality Old Florida heartpine:

  • While more frequent knots than in original growth, these old growth trees provide a beautiful and durable floor.
  • 95-100% heart
  • SELECT grain, knots up to 2 or 3 inches.
  • Four to eight growth rings on average.

Contact Goodwin to learn more about how we can help make sustainable design a reality in your home or office.

Grand Opening of the Matheson Library & Archives

Open to Public this Saturday, October 14th

The Matheson Library & Archives will hold its grand opening celebration and tour on Saturday, October 14th from 11am – 4pm. The event is free and open to the public.  Goodwin milled an Old Florida longleaf heart pine floor for this very exciting historic preservation project.

Grand opening events include:

  • Guided tours of the Matheson Library & Archives (Bobby Parker, librarian and archivist)
  • Tour of the 1867 Matheson House (Peggy Macdonald, museum director)
  • Tison Tool Barn tour
  • Opening of the exhibit, “Finding the Fountain of Youth: Discovering Florida’s Magical Waters”

Formally the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle Church and Melting Pot building, the Matheson Library & Archives has been renovated for the public and researchers alike to enjoy. We encourage you to stop by the grand opening event.  While there, be sure to check out the gorgeous Old Florida heart pine flooring!

 

 

Gainesville’s Historic Preservation Movement

Goodwin Company would like to extend a special “thank you” to Peggy MacDonald, executive director of the Matheson History Museum.  She authored a wonderful story in this past Sunday’s Gainesville Magazine about Gainesville, Florida’s historic preservation movement.  She made note of Goodwin’s contributions of Old Florida longleaf heart pine flooring for the museum’s newly restored Library and Archives building; previously the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle and Melting Pot Restaurant.  She also mentioned the Firestone building, which received a 2015 Honorable Mention for Adaptive Reuse from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (FTHP). We milled River-Recovered® and reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heart pine for that project as well.

Enjoy!

Read the article on gainesville.com | Save as PDF

Old Florida Longleaf Heartpine – How the Old Becomes New

This year the old Melting Pot building in Gainesville, Florida will become home to the Matheson History Museum’s Library and Archives. Constructed in 1933, this building was originally the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle and later became the Barrow Family Antique Store before it was most recently The Melting Pot Fondue restaurant. The building’s interior is being finished with the Goodwin Company’s Old Florida longleaf heart pine flooring reclaimed from old growth hurricane damaged forests. Harvesting these damaged trees does not contribute to deforestation and still produces a wood similar in hardness to Red Oak. Goodwin’s flooring, laced with red toned growth rings, complement the building’s original ceiling beams, contributing to the authenticity and aesthetic of this historic Gainesville building. The Matheson received private donations and a $300,000 grant from the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources to help finance this adaptive reuse project, which was completed by Joyner Construction, Jay Reeves Associates, and Rudy Ditmar of Rudy’s Professional floor sanding. We can’t wait to see this restoration finished and for the building to once again become a gathering place in our community!

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Lauren ColeyGuest 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.