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Paul Davis honored with Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission award

Pictured left to right: Mike and Marguerite Mumford, Paul Davis office owners, and Bobby Lienau, project manager.

Paul Davis Restoration of North Florida, a leading provider of fire, water and mold damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties was recently honored with an award from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission in celebration of National Preservation Month in May. On May 2 at the Jacksonville Main Library Auditorium, Marguerite and Mike Mumford, Paul Davis office owners, along with their employee, Bobby Lienau the project manager on the restoration project, accepted the recognition at the annual ceremony.

The Mumford’s were honored for a commercial rehabilitation project which promotes historic preservation in the Jacksonville area. Additional recipients received awards in categories including Heritage Education, Residential Rehabilitation, Architecturally Compatible New Construction, Preservation Projects and Services, and the Great Save.
Specifically, Paul Davis won the award for the commercial rehabilitation of 2111 N. Liberty Street in the historic Springfield neighborhood in downtown Jacksonville. The rehabilitation featured the franchise company’s new office headquarters, operations center, classroom, showroom, kitchen, and contents cleaning and storage facility in a former Chevrolet Parts Depot. The 40,000-square-foot, two-story building was purchased by the Mumfords in late 2012.

The Mumford’s, staff and subcontractors renovated the circa 1929 building which was designed by Detroit-based architect Alfred Kahn as a concrete, brick, and steel facility. To accommodate the modernization, the structure was extensively cleaned, stabilized, and renovated with interior and exterior improvements including a new roof, chimney and windows, with most of the materials saved and reused in the interior and exterior renovations, among others.

Some historic features of the space were kept with original garage doors, radiators, terrazzo flooring and original interior brick features, plus the original fire suppression system was able to be saved with minor modifications and was painted red.  Some areas of the building were also renovated to retrofit space from the original fresh water wells, coal chutes, and segregated bathrooms.

“We are proud to accept the preservation award and recognition for the company’s success in rehabilitating this special building which houses 35 staff members. Our highly-trained technicians provide consistent, exceptional customer service throughout northeast Florida,” said Mumford.

The Mumfords opened the local Paul Davis franchise office in 1999 at 5795 Mining Terrace in the Southside area of Jacksonville where the company remained until the move to Springfield. Paul Davis serves customers in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Nassau, and Union counties. The company’s Gainesville office is located at 3499 NW 97th Blvd., Ste. #10. For more information, contact Marguerite Mumford at 904.739.6047 or email Visit the local office website at

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