“Though Lakeland is a relatively young city by national and state standards, it has developed a distinct architectural style in both its commercial and residential structures. The city has in recent years recognized that distinctiveness and made a concerted effort to preserve its historically and architecturally significant buildings and neighborhoods. A number of commercial and civic structures have been restored in the past twenty years. Among those structures saved from neglect and the wrecking ball are the Lakeland Terrace Hotel, the Coca Cola building, the Polk Theatre, the Park Tramell building, and the Lake Mirror Tower Apartments.
The city has also recognized the importance of preserving the architectural integrity of its neighborhoods and individual homes by creating a number of historic districts throughout the city. In historic districts ranging from Lake Morton to Dixieland to Beacon Hill, students of architecture can find a variety of architectural styles. Nearly every neighborhood includes a range of styles from the simple one-story bungalow and frame vernacular homes, to the stately lines of the colonial revival.
Photographs celebrate the many architectural styles of Lakeland’s homes and neighborhoods. Some of the houses pictured here are gone, victims of age, neglect, and/ or disaster. Others still grace the city’s neighborhoods. Images of these homes help gain a sense of the beauty and variety of architecture of Lakeland’s neighborhoods”.
Source: Lakeland Library Special Exhibits