Builders Association of
North Central Florida
Started in 1955, the Home Builders Association of Gainesville is now known as the Builders Association of North Central Florida. It is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Home Builders of the United States.
In 1959 the HBA of Gainesville held its First "Parade of Homes" home tour. The 1959 planbook was labeled a "Modern Living Exposition" and featured 11 homes by area builders at the new Skyline Heights Neighborhood at NW 8th Avenue and NW 36th Terrace, Gainesville, Florida. The Chairman of the Parade of Homes Committee was Builder Joe Willingham, who was also the developer of Skyline Heights. And the President of the HBA of Gainesville in 1959 was George F. Gaston.
The tour included the following builders: Joe Willingham, Coy Thomas, Fletcher Builders/A. W. Fletcher, Macoma Home/Gerald McCoy, Fred Mason, Ajaz Construction Co/Woodrow Bratcher, Walter Stubbs, Jim Sanders, Bill Ridgway, Hobart Brower and Hugh Edwards.
The 1960 Parade of Homes was led by a three member committee: Fred Mason, Gerald McCoy and Hugh Edwards. A. W. Fletcher was Acting President of the Home Builders Association of Gainesville, Florida and opened the guide with the following, "May we introduce... A new community of cultured, refined homes in Florida's cultural center... Gainesville. Quality People demand Quality Homes! Gainesville builders must continue to stay alert to modern developments in the building industry in order to maintain the high degree of respect now enjoyed throughout the state of Florida... and merit the confidence of those we serve. Your home builders association assures you that Gainesville will continue its prominent position in quality home construction. As proof of effort in this direction we place on display the 1960 Parade of Homes. We sincerely welcome you.
The tour had 14 homes found around the NW 11th Avenue section of the Libby Heights neighborhood. The builders included: Fred Mason, West Park Builders, Inc., Macoma Homes, Bill Ridgway, Gill Davis, Quality Builders, Kirkpatrick and Pierson, Fletcher Builders Inc, Ajax Construction Co., Coy Thomas, Walter Stubbs Inc, Hugh Edwards Inc, Hobart Brower and Tommy Ridgell.
In 1964 The Home Builders Association of Gainesville Parade of Homes Committee was led by members Gerald McCoy, Hugh Edwards, W.P. Ridgway and James Womeldurf. The Parade would showcase members Norwood Hope and Harold Walker's new development, Renewood. The Parade guide opened with a message from President James Womeldurf, "The Gainesville Home Builders Association welcomes you to the 1964 Parade of Homes. Here is a display of ideas for better living. We invite your comments... your questions, and heartily recommend that you visit every home."
The Parade of Homes for 1964 included 12 homes by builder members: Quality Builders, T.D. Zetrouer, The James Company, G.M. Davis, Tommy Ridgell, Macoma Homes, Young America Homes, Kirkpatrick and Pierson, McKinley Construction Co., Hugh Edwards Inc., W.P. Ridgway and "H" Inc. For the first time, the Home Builders Association of Gainesville partnered with the Junior Woman's Club, now known as the Gainesville Woman's Club, on the annual Parade of Homes. All ticket proceeds would be donated to charity. According to a Gainesville Sun advertisement for the Parade of Homes admission was fifty cents. The JWC Parade of Homes committee included Mrs. Alray Howard, Mrs. Asa Cox, Mrs. Gerald McCoy and Mrs. Joe Wilder.
1959 Parade of Homes
1959 Map of Homes
1960 Parade of Homes
1960 Map of Homes