Historic Restoration Featuring Antique River-Recovered® Heart Pine Floor Boards
A popular destination for discerning visitors, Mount Dora, Florida is one of the quaintest little gems in the south. It is home to the historic Sydonie Mansion, built in 1904 for Pittsburgh steel magnate, James L. Laughlin. It is the only known example of the work of esteemed architect, Grosvenor Atterbury, in the entire state of Florida. Atterbury specified quarter sawn, vertical grain, 2-1/2″ “hard” pine flooring throughout the majority of the 22,000 square foot palatial estate home.
The Laughlin family eventually sold the estate to Hampden Dubose Academy. Then, in 2014, current owners Clark & Amy Frogley set out to restore the mansion and open a museum/event venue.
The leaking roof over the porch caused the center boards leading to the front door to rot.
The Frogleys, wanting to honor Atterbury’s original specifications, turned to Goodwin for assistance. We milled full length 16ft tongue and groove River-Recovered® heart pine floor boards to help restore the porch to its former safe and stately glory. The Frogleys then sanded and finished the beautiful porch that had long ago been painted brown.