In 1912, this commercial building replaced an earlier building which had burned in 1904. The property was then purchased by The Golden Hardware Co., owned by Joseph Jackson Golden who started his hardware business in Tifton in 1903. The main floor housed his hardware business. Early offices on the second floor were occupied by attorneys and a dentist, among other tenants. A barber shop was located in the basement. The third floor, according to the Sanborn map of 1917, was used for hardware storage.
Many locals remember the building occupying Roddenberry Hardware, more commonly known as Stone's, during the 1980s. Others still share stories of the different tenants that utilized the second floor, from attorneys to land surveyors, while the third floor was headquarters for a radio broadcasting station.
In the early 2000s, the property was purchased and became home of HPS Paradigm, a health care administration business. The owners did a remodel of the building to suit their office needs, which were primarily based on the first floor. As of now, these were the latest changes to be made to the property.
Years later, the business relocated to a different city. Leaving The Golden Building to be faced with the challenge of having a specific use for Downtown Tifton. As years continued to pass, the desire to keep the building in working order was overcome by the demands to keep deteriorations up to code.
In 2019, the Turner Family saw the potential of the unique historical aspects of the property and worked with the Tifton Downtown Development Authority to purchase and revitalize the building entirely.
In August 2019, the building was purchased by Justin and Jenna Turner with the help of Tifton's Downtown Development Authority. The couple saw potential in the building that had for years remained vacant. Now, they plan to transform the historic site into a multi-use facility housing a café, women's clothing store, office spaces for rent, and event space for rent.
Jenna plans to showcase the transformation of the historic Golden Building by documenting the progress on this website.
The Turner's goal is to help young people appreciate the hometown, historic feel of Tifton while creating a future for their children so downtown can be something to enjoy and appreciate for years to come.
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