The Edge at USF - Antique Wood in a Contemporary Space

The Edge at USF

Goodwin company was proud to partner again with our good friend, architect, Beverly Frank of BFrank Studio in Tampa to help update the student commons at the University of South Florida – St. Pete.  The Edge – formerly referred to as the Coquina Club – was built during the 1970s.  The original design was very boxy and institutional, and not very user-friendly.

BFrank Studio’s attention to detail even included an exterior accent wall routed with inspirational text and applied into an alcove bench.

BFrank Studio updated this dated space into a modern and trendy student common area. They incorporated Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress in several ways throughout the site:

  • The interior boasts a heart cypress feature wall and ceiling adorned with 3-1/4″ LED light panels.
  • Heart cypress is the face of the receptionist desk face with trimmed corners and edges.
  • A gorgeous study table crafted from a River-Recovered heart cypress slab sits to the side.
  • On the exterior 3-1/4″ heart cypress wraps the columns and overhanging ceilings.
  • BFrank Studio’s attention to detail even included an exterior accent wall routed with inspirational text and applied into an alcove bench.
  • The antique wood is a 50/50 mix of vertical heart cypress and character heart cypress.

The interior material was finished by Heritage Wood Finish Company with Diamond 7 coating and the exterior material was finished on site with an exterior oil by Willis-Smith.


USF The Edge - Antique Woood

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Antique Heart Pine and Heart Cypress – Two Woods That “Work” in Commercial Spaces

For the last 45 years, the Goodwin Company has been known as millers of fine antique River Recovered® and building reclaimed Heart Pine and Heart Cypress. We are known nationwide for our tongue and groove flooring, but that is not all we do. Here at the Goodwin Company, we are proud to offer a variety of reclaimed building materials, including stair treads, risers, and handrails. Our treads are made with a bullnose and returns can be attached to either side or none at all.

We also offer a variety of architectural millworks, including quarter round, half round, and crown moulding. We have been known to make a countertop or two. We offer a wide variety of River Recovered® Heart Cypress slabs. That in the hands of the right craftsmen, can become a beautiful conference table or dinning room table for your home.


Antique Heart Pine and Heart Cypress – Two Woods That “Work” in Commercial Spaces

Goodwin provided Drummond Bank with a 56”x21’ double slab River-Recovered® Heart Cypress conference table with live edges as the focal point of their boardroom.


Architectural millwork is full dimension and based on the 8000 series patterns last published in 1925. Goodwin offers a complete line of moldings including base, shoe, cove or scotia, crown, step, picture, panel, thresholds, quarter round, casings, rosettes, picture frame, reeded and more.


Goodwin Company Stair Tread Projects:

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Seachasers Lounge

Shel Silverstein Home


Heart Cypress and Frank Lloyd Wright


In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast.  A great number of historic homes were among its many victims.  In Ocean Springs, Mississippi, two such notable landmarks were the Louis Sullivan and James Charnley cottages.  Charnley was a Chicago based businessman and lumber baron who owned and timbered large tracts of Mississippi longleaf pine.  Sullivan was a renowned Chicago architect and father of the modern skyscraper. He and Sullivan were good friends.  The baron commissioned the architect to design and build him a vacation home on the Gulf where he could escape the rigors and the winters of the Windy City.  On the adjacent property, Sullivan fashioned his own vacation cottage, a slightly smaller version of the Charnley retreat.

Helping to design and build these gulf side treasures in 1890 was Sullivan’s apprentice, Frank Lloyd Wright.  Actually, great controversy has revolved around exactly which architect played the greatest role in the design.  The two cottages looked nothing like the highly decorative and largely vertical Victorians and Queen Annes so popular in that day.  Instead, the cottages were quite simple and reached out across the landscape in a horizontal fashion that suggest a precursor to Wright’s later Prairie style.  They were considered to be two of the earliest examples of American modern residential architecture.

Katrina showed little mercy.  The storm battered the two homes relentlessly.  When the tempest had passed, the Sullivan cottage was completely gone.  Many have speculated that it was hit by a tornado.  Charnley was badly beaten and sat straddling what was left of its foundation.

Enter the very determined Historic Preservation Division of the Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History (MDAH). The division organized volunteers to salvage literally thousands of pieces of the home immediately after the storm and persuaded the property owners not to let FEMA bulldoze the house.  Further, the MDAH raised the grant funds that permitted the hiring of fine restoration professionals John G. Waites Associates Architects, Larry Albert & Associates Architects, and J.O. Collins Contractor to undertake the restoration.  Finally, the department assisted the Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources in acquiring the Charnley-Norwood property as a key component of the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area.

General contractor, J.O. Collins, began putting the survivor back together and architect, Larry Albert, spec-ed Goodwin to provide the flooring and the curly heart pine paneling on the walls.  The Goodwin company milled 800sf of curly heart pine to adorn the walls and another 1000sf of 3-1/4” LEGACY (building reclaimed) VERTICAL heart pine to replace the floor.  The resulting restoration is over the top and today, Charnley once again stands overlooking the Gulf of Mexico; a shining example of accurately and lovingly finished historic restoration.

Photo curtesy of the Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History.


Listed on the National Register of Historic places, and designated both a National and Mississippi Landmark, Beauvoir has a storied history.  The home was built by Mississippi planter, James Brown, in 1848 and completed in 1852.  She sits immediately on the Gulf of Mexico in Biloxi, a forever dynamic and saline environment.


The estate was purchased from Brown by Samuel and Sarah Dorsey in 1873.  Samuel died a few short years later.  His widow Sarah, a novelist and biographer, learned of the financial woes that had befallen former Confederate States President, Jefferson Davis.  Dorsey reached out to Davis and invited him and wife Varina Davis to join her at Beauvoir.  They accepted.


Later, as Dorsey discovered she was dying of cancer, the author bequeathed the estate to the Davises.  Jefferson and Varina moved into the home.  Davis died in 1889.  In 1902 Varina sold the property to the Sons of Confederate Veterans to be used as a veteran’s home and later a memorial to her husband.


The grand home has witnessed many storms over its nearly 175-year existence.  In 1969 it survived a battering by powerful hurricane Camille.  But in 2005 Beauvoir’s lucky streak ran out.  On August 29th hurricane Katrina, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the Gulf Coast pummeled the old house with a 20 foot plus storm surge and punishing waves.  Several structures on the campus were completely destroyed.  The storm devastated the home opening its face to the gulf waters and ripping the old growth heart cypress exterior galleries off of the wood frame structure.  That home survived, beaten, but standing.


In time, efforts came together to restore the historic home.  Structural and interior restoration took place first.  Later the broad gallery was replaced, but this time with modern, pressure treated lumber.  Fast forward nine years and in that very saline environment, the pressure treated galleries began to twist and pull up to the point of becoming a safety hazard to visitors.


The Goodwin Company was called on by General Contractor JO Collins to mill 3,112sf of 1×6 River-Recovered ® Antique Heart Cypress to restore the Beauvoir galleries and the grand front staircase. Afterall, virgin, old growth bald cypress is what the hoes stairs and galleries were milled from originally. The tight growth rings and heavy concentration of naturally occurring, wood preserving cypresene oil in the River-Recovered ® material made it the perfect, stable choice for the restoration.


Any well-done restoration is historically accurate. And while the beauty of River-Recovered ® Heart Cypress is one of its significant charms, this project was all about stability and so the galleries and stairs were painted with porch paint as they had been originally.


Lakeview Condos Heart Pine Character Floor


The Lakeview Condos in historic St. Augustine Florida date back to the late 1800s.  The Lakeview building was constructed between 1885-1893 by the firm of McGuire and McDonald, famously known for constructing the Ponce De Leon Hotel.  Both structures were built by Standard Oil tycoon, Henry Flagler; the Ponce as a luxury hotel and the Lakeview building as the male staff quarters for the hotel.  Originally, the Lakeview building was referred to as the “Ponce De Leon barracks.”


Fast forward to 2004 when the building was purchased and developed into luxury condominiums. The Lakeview Condos sit on the edge of Lake Maria Sanchez in a prime area of town just blocks off the heart of the old city.


October 2016 brought powerful hurricane Matthew to the area, which flooded the historic district of America’s oldest city as it passed at high tide.  Sadly, the Lakeview building took on five inches of water from Lake Sanchez.  Goodwin worked closely with the owner’s association to replace the original heart pine flooring.  Most units were restored using River-Recovered Heart Pine Character or Antique Longleaf pine.  Much of the replacement heart pine was either 2-1/2″ or 3-1/4″.


As fate would have it 2017 saw hurricane Irma blow through most of the entire peninsula of Florida and once again the Lakeview building had an unwanted visit by Lake Maria Sanchez.  Goodwin replaced the heart pine floor for a second time.  The 800-1000sf units are now light and airy living spaces with wonderful architectural transoms over the doors and arched passageway. Goodwin is always most pleased when we can be a part of historic restorations.


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Matheson Library and Archives Building

This week for Historic Preservation Month we revisit two restoration projects that have been honored by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (FTHP). In 2015 the Gainesville, FL Firestone building was recognized by the FTHP, receiving an Honorable Mention for Adaptive Reuse. In 2018 the Gainesville, FL Matheson History Museum Library & Archives was recognized by the FTHP, receiving Meritorious Achievement for Adaptive Use.


Learn more about the Goodwin Company’s historic preservation projects here.


Be sure to follow the Florida Trust For Historic Preservation’s Facebook page for other historic preservation month information!

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

It’s almost May and May is designated as historic preservation month. Here at the Goodwin Company, we get pretty excited about that. For 45 years we’ve been the millers of fine River Recovered® and building reclaimed antique Heart Pine and Heart Cypress. Preservationists and historic preservation architects often request Goodwin Company products for their projects. Join us in the month of May for a short series of videos that celebrates and highlights the many historic preservation projects that the Goodwin Company has been a part of over the years. Happy May!


Learn more about the Goodwin Company’s historic preservation projects here.


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Vineland Point Shake Shack Cypress


Tasty burgers and Antique River Recovered® Heart Cypress make quite the combo. The recently completed Shake Shack in Vineland Point, Orlando is topped with Antique River Recovered® Heart Cypress. Cypress appointments fill this eyepopping burger stand; with custom-designed feature ceilings, sign backers, and an order/pick-up window.


The Vineland Point location features 850 square feet of 3/4 x 2-1/2″ Tongue and Groove paneling. 572 linear feet of 2 x 6″ was ripped into rough 2 x 2″ and surface to 1.5 x 1.5″. All materials are River Recovered Heart Cypress Vertical.


This Shake Shack location was designed by Gensler Architects, Tampa office, and the installation was completed by Bay Meadow Architectural Millwork, Inc. of Longwood, FL. Another Shake Shack Location in the Dadeland Mall in Miami was designed by Gensler Architects and completed by Southeast Wood Crafters in Boca Raton. We look forward to working with Shake Shack, Gensler Architects, and Udink Construction on Shake Shack’s new location in the Del Amo Fanion Center, Torrance, CA.


Vineland Point Shake Shack Cypress


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