“Promoting appreciation of Lakeland's unique architectural heritage.”
Advocating for the preservation of its historic structures.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT: Dear Members and Friends of historic preservation, I wish to invite and encourage you to attend the Annual Meeting of Historic Lakeland, Inc. as we celebrate our 35th year of working to preserve the significant structures and neighborhoods that make Lakeland a unique and beautiful place to live. On November 18, 2014 we will meet at the Lakeland Yacht Club at 5:30 p.m. for social time followed at 6 p.m. by a short business meeting and a program that I am certain you will find interesting. Many of you will recall that Historic Lakeland was created by a small group of concerned citizens at a time when the core of downtown was in crisis. Empty buildings were numerous and in disrepair. Even though downtown property owners created a taxing district to secure funds to halt the decline, it was continuing unabated in 1979. Historic Lakeland entered the scene to raise awareness of the importance of the historic downtown building which gave our city much of its unique character and identity. First they influenced the City to create the Historic Preservation Ordinance, and next they turned their attention to once-beautiful Frances Langford Promenade around Lake Mirror which was so unique and beautiful in its youth that it had been featured in National Geographic Magazine in 1930. Consequently, the City Commission began restoration. Not only do I invite you to join us on November 18th, I urge you to renew your...
Historic renovation grant applications available through HLI and LMNA
Ms. Langford entertained our troop while traveling with Bob Hope. She is best know for her signature song “I’m in the Mood for Love”
Historic Lakeland is a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting appreciation of Lakeland’s unique architectural heritage, advocating for the preservation of its historic structures and using our City’s past to guide our community’s future.
What We Do
Historic Lakeland was founded in 1979 for the preservation of maintaining our architectural heritage. One of our first challenges was the Frances Langford Promenade on Lake Mirror which was in deplorable condition after years of neglect. Since then, we have acted as the community’s conscience in matters of preservation.
Despite Historic Lakeland’s success in its mission to “promote awareness, understanding, and an appreciation of Lakeland’s history, and to insure the preservation of those things which represent the character of our city and are significant to its history”, voices are still heard advocating demolition of important buildings. Historic Lakeland has actively worked to save the old Lakeland High School Building (now Lawton Chiles Middle Academy), the Lakeland Terrace Hotel and the Coca-Cola Building (now the Lakeland Fire Department). Sites not actually threatened by demolition, but beautifully restored by other groups include Munn Park, the Antiques District, the Polk Theatre and the John Cox Grammar School (Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine). For more details please view our Success Stories section, with pictures of some of these preservation efforts.
Historic Lakeland applauds these valuable additions to our community. Annually we recognize owners of commercial and residential structures in Lakeland who have renovated and/or restored their properties in a manner consistent with the historic character of the structure and the area surrounding it. Awards are presented at an event held during National Preservation Week in May.
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General Membership – $40
Sponsor Member – $75
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Patron – $150
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Benefactor – $275
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You may pay using the electronic payment form above or by check.
If you wish to pay by check, please make checks payable to: Historic Lakeland, Inc. Please also fill out this form (*PDF), and then mail both the form and your contribution amount to Historic Lakeland, Inc. Annual dues are renewed in November.
Historic Lakeland, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation. Membership dues are tax deductible.
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