After a temporary, two-month closure for floor repairs, The Panama City Publishing Co. Museum at 1134 Beck Avenue, will celebrate their grand reopening on January 30 at 4 p.m.
The original c. 1920 floors were damaged beyond repair after getting wet during Hurricane Michael on top of more than 50 years of old termite damage.
“It was beginning to have soft spots and began dropping down by two inches on one side of the building,” said Historic St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership Board President Robbie Fehrenbach. “While we were hesitant at first to lose the original flooring, it became necessary as the damage began to worsen, and our concern grew regarding potential damage to the joists.”
The new flooring is old heart pine wood, similar to the building’s original flooring, reclaimed from the old Milk Duds factory in Chicago.
“We were very fortunate that this reclaimed wood was available,” Fehrenbach added. “We look forward to having the museum open again for the public to enjoy.”
The public is invited to celebrate the grand reopening with the Historic St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership Board of Directors, staff, and museum volunteers as well as the Bay County Chamber of Commerce who will be there for the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 30th.
For more information, visit historicstandrews.com or find us on Facebook at Historic St. Andrews or The Panama City Publishing Company Museum.