As Spring Hill Eyecare continues to grow (thanks to our great patients' word of mouth advertising) things have gotten a little crowded in our 2,400 sq ft
office. Dr. Rob opened Spring Hill Eyecare in 2005 with 1,200 sq ft and 2 exam rooms. One exam room actually had a crib in for a short period of time for his son Jackson - now 11 years
old. In 2008, we expanded to take over our whole building and grew to 4 exam lanes. This was a great ratio for one doctor; however, when Dr. Gozum joined our practice in 2015 we went back
to a 2 room per doctor ratio.
We had been searching for a piece of property in Spring Hill for months. We looked at several lots and even made some offers. We wanted to stay close to
our current location. When the property at 5238 had a reduction in price we jumped on it in November 2015.
I wanted to share some information about the property at 5238 Main Street with the community as I know many of you have shown interest in the goings-on there in the
last few months. Spring Hill Eyecare closed on the property in August of 2016. First and foremost, we want to let you know that my wife and I have always valued and marveled at the
amazing history and stories within old homes. Upon obtaining the property, the first thing we did was to discuss how unbelievable the home was and explore every aspect of its beauty from crawl
space to attic. Even in its dilapidated state, we could appreciate the stately home it once was, and imagined it restored to its former grandeur. However, along with seeing the former
beauty, our eyes were opened to the fact that this structure was not realistically salvageable for anyone without unlimited resources and budget. The home had sat vacant for nearly two decades
(except for squirrels) and faced too many issues to count in order for it to be a safe, clean, structurally sound building for public use.
So we made it our mission to do the next best thing to restoring it-- which was going through every nook and cranny of every bit of the property and saving every
piece of history that we could find, salvaging any architectural pieces that we could use in a future building, and photographing profusely every angle of the home, inside and out, as well as all of
the additional buildings on the property. We have spent countless hours removing fireplace mantles, doors, windows, bead board, bathtubs, shiplap, and hardware from the home, barns, and
greenhouse to be reused in our future office. We have worked with architects to determine the best use for each of these pieces so that their beauty will be showcased for the enjoyment by all
for many years to come. We consulted arborists to determine which of the stately, magnificent trees could safely remain and be enjoyed for future generations, and the trees that had to go
are being milled and will be used to make some beautiful pieces to be used in the future on the property. In addition to the large architectural pieces that we removed from
the home, we have spent many afternoons, often in the cold and in the dark, scavenging for little bits of personal history to be found on the property. My wife was most
fascinated with the attic and spent hours sweeping through debris on the attic floor alongside of animal remains and other undesirable antiquing partners as she rescued interesting
paperwork including one hundred year old railroad passes, military applications, and love letters. I made many trips into the crawl space to come out time after time with old apothecary
bottles, mason jars, antique eyeglasses, and other things that were not deemed valuable by previous owners but were like treasure to us. A patient of ours recently went over the property with a
metal detector, and found such interesting artifacts that we cannot wait to display and share with you. We scoured the cellar, the closets, the shed, and the greenhouse alongside of wasps,
snakes, and rodents to make sure that nothing that was a little piece of history was lost, and every time we thought we were done, we went back just “one more time” because we were enjoying
it so much; but more than that because we couldn’t bear the thought of there being something special that we missed that might soon be lost forever.
After months of working in the home and filling up two large storage units full of treasures, we knew that we had taken everything that we could
realistically use for our future project. At this time, we contacted Troy Dean Shafer of Nashville Flipped on the DIY network. Troy was also fascinated with the home and wanted to take as
much as he could of what was left in order to be used in his future restoration projects for his show. Troy saved the beautiful staircase, light fixtures, wood trim, and other
architectural pieces that remained in the house. It is so nice to know that these items may again be functioning in period homes and will be preserved for generations to come. We
look forward to seeing these items again in future episodes.
With all of this beings said, the unfortunate fact exists that the remaining structure will soon be gone. Along with this demolition will come bittersweet
feelings for us. We are thrilled about this new beginning in this beautiful location in our city on a piece of property that has such special meaning to us, but we are
sad to know that we’ve made our last treasure hunting trip into the home. We also expect that there will be lots of opinions about the loss of this house throughout the community, which is why
we wrote this message. We want you to know that we did not callously decide that progress was most important and that history did not matter, with no thought or concern for what would be
lost. We purchased the property after the house sat vacant for 17 years, and was on the market for nearly 2 years, and decided to do the very best we could under the circumstances to honor the
history of the house. We hope that after you mourn the house that is gone for a bit that you will look forward to seeing bits of it reborn and cherished in our future office.
Some of the architectural features that will be used will be breathtaking, and we hope to display many photographs and mementos that we saved to entertain you when you come see us in our new
location. We have a vision of great things to come, and hope that you will share it with us.
This blog shows the steps we've taken along the way to inject some DNA and character of the old house into our brand new 8,000 sq ft building.
Keep checking this blog for updates and pictures as we transition from 5328 to 5238 Main Street!