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.
Sean Malott, President