October 27, 2015
Dear Members and Friends of Historic Preservation,
This year’s Annual Meeting of Historic Lakeland Inc. is November 9th at 5:30pm at the Florida Southern College Annie Pfeiffer Chapel. The featured speaker will be architect Jeff Baker who is a partner in the firm of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker based in Albany, New York is leading the restoration of the famed chapel as well as other Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on campus. I encourage you to attend to learn about this exciting project and to be one of the first to meet in the newly restored Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.
As I am sure you have seen, Lakeland is experiencing a revival of sorts; artists, craftsmen and youth are finding refuge in the unique character of Downtown Lakeland and its surrounding historic districts. You can see it in the influx of lifestyle businesses, restaurants and coffee shops that now thrive within our historic structures, particularly in Downtown Lakeland, Dixieland and the Lake Morton Historic Districts.
When Historic Lakeland, Inc. began its mission 36 years ago, the founders didn’t know what Lakeland would be like today, but they recognized a need to preserve the architectural integrity and charm to keep it relevant for future generations.
Preservation is more than just restoring buildings within our community. It is also keeping future generations at the forefront of our minds when others look to tear these buildings down. It is unknown what Lakeland will look like 30 years from now or what challenges we will face, but HLI plans to be an integral part of its legacy.
I invite you to attend the meeting on November 9th at 5:30pm and urge you to renew your annual membership or join for the first time.
We need your help to preserve the best of Lakeland’s unique architectural heritage.
Click here to learn more about Jeff Baker Architect.
Sean Malott, President
We are pleased to offer two matching grant opportunities for historic homes in Lakeland. Through a joint partnership with Lake Morton Neighborhood Association, we are offering $500 matching grants on a reimbursement basis for original window restoration and front porch restoration.
- Front Porch Restoration Grant Application
- Window Restoration Grant Application
On Friday evening, November 8, 2013 we unveiled the new sign which celebrates the original dedication in 1946 of the Frances Langford Promenade. Ms. Langford grew up in Lakeland and graduated from Lakeland High School. Her beauty and magnificent voice were showcased in multiple musicals, popular films, television shows and radio programs. Her signature song, “I’m in the Mood for Love” was familiar to GIs during WWII when she toured with Bob Hope entertaining our troops. Ms. Langford continued traveling with Mr. Hope to entertain our soldiers during the Korean War, Vietnam, and other military conflicts. She has been quoted as saying “Entertaining our troops was the greatest thing in my life.”
Former Lakeland resident Chuck Welch spearheaded the efforts to replace the original 1946 plaque that was apparently lost during the 2009 renovation of Lake Mirror Park. Historic Lakeland, Inc., the Polk County Veteran’s Council, the City of Lakeland, the Agnini family, and private donors have made this plaque possible. The new plaque will incorporate a photo taken at the original 1946 dedication overlooking the promenade.
The ceremony preceded the screening of the Glenn Miller Story as part of the 2013 Pics on the Promenade series. Frances Langford was featured in this classic movie. Historic Lakeland, Inc. and the Polk County Veteran’s Council will also participate in this event along with a performance of Ms. Langford’s most notable song. Please join us for a trip down memory lane and an enjoyable evening