Matheson brews up new uses for Melting Pot
Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.
The organization that owns the Matheson Museum has bought the former Melting Pot restaurant building across the street with plans to open it to the public for archival research and additional exhibits.
The Alachua County Historic Trust: Matheson Museum Inc. bought the 3,200-square-foot building at 418 E. University Ave. from former proprietors of the Melting Pot in March for $185,000.
Betsy Aubrey, interim director of the museum, said renovations on the historic structure will start very soon with the hopes of opening it in six to nine months.
The museum is in the process of fundraising and plans to hold a number of fundraisers for the project, she said.
The building will house a lot of documents that are now in storage and will be available for research, including old plat maps, postcards and stereoview cards, Aubrey said. It will have a room dedicated to University of Florida sports memorabilia.
"We're excited to be able to expand and have more of our exhibits and information available to the public," she said.
The building dates to 1935 when it housed the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle church. It housed The Melting Pot fondue restaurant from 1982 to 2009. Before that, it was The Barrow Family Store antique shop owned by Matheson board member Dr. Mark Barrow and his wife, Mary.
Anthony Clark is the Gainesville Sun business editor.