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.


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Old Florida Longleaf Heartpine – How the Old Becomes New

The old Melting Pot building in Gainesville, Florida is now 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!


Firestone Building Restoration in Gainesville, Florida

We were very excited to be part of the Firestone building restoration in Gainesville, Florida.  Special thanks to Phoebe Cade Miles for your kind support and confidence in our product.  We were honored to be part of this exciting project! Also, thank you Carla Vianna for your article in the Gainesville Sun:     […]

The Gainesville Sun Feature

Special thanks to Anthony Clark and The Gainesville Sun for this wonderful business feature which ran on Sunday, March 9th. Matt Stamey took some great photos as well.

George and Carol Goodwin Featured in Gainesville Magazine

George and I were excited to be featured in Gainesville Magazine. We are living healthy and getting back into shape! We so appreciate the wonderful article, Moving Toward Better Health, by Dianne Chun

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Goodwin Organizes Green Halloween in Gainesville Fl

Goodwin’s heart isn’t just in our pine. As a Board Member on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Heart of Florida Chapter, Goodwin arranged for Green Halloween to join with Boo at the Zoo at Santa Fe College. Sustainable minded groups showcased their products (which included Goodwin’s antique reclaimed wood flooring) and services in one location for 4,500 kids of all ages. See the video or look at the photos on Flickr.