Adaptive Reuse: Vanderleigh Furniture & Antiques

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In a city known for embracing demolition before preservation, Vanderleigh Furniture & Antiques is a refreshing change which illustrates the benefit of historic restoration and adaptive reuse on Jacksonville's urban landscape.

Located on East Tenth Street in Springfield, Vanderleigh Furniture & Antiques occupies a building constructed in 1922 as People's Grocery Store. Today, the structure has been restored into a unique live/work loft.

About Vanderleigh Furniture & Antiques

Established in 2005, is located in a historic landmark just blocks north of downtown Jacksonville and within one mile of I-95.

While originally especializing in Dutch Colonial furniture and artifacts from Southeast Asia, Vanderleigh has recently expanded its' 7000 square feet on inventory to include a large selectionof European and American items which run the gamut from 18th Century Windsor chairs to Lucite furniture from the 1970's.

At Vanderleigh you can expect to find dining tables, chairs, armoires, sideboards, coffe tables, sofas, benches, settees, side tables, mirrors screens, barsm statuary, lamps, outdoor furniture, and architectural elements.

Please take time to stop in. You are sure to find that Vanderleigh is one of Jacksonvilles' unexpected pleasures.

Building History Timeline

1922 - Construction completion date according to the property appraiser's office.

1929 - Building and address first show up in the annual Jacksonville City Directory.

1929 - People's Grocery opens.  Hyman S. Goffin occupies a residence upstairs.

1933 - People's Grocery closes

1950 - Retail storefront is now occupied by D M Vaden Co, Inc. Refrigators Sales & Service.

1970 - First decade in Jacksonville City Directory with Hyman S. Goffin not listed as one of the upstairs tenants.

1980 - Retail space is vacant.

1990 - Retail space is vacant.

2000 - Retail space is vacant.

2005 - Vanderleigh Furniture & Antiques opens.

Source: Jacksonville City Directories, Jacksonville Public Library Special Collections Department.

Vanderleigh Furniture & Antiques is located at 334 East 10th Street in the heart of the Springfield Historic District.

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Photos by Daniel Herbin