Six properties received the coveted Preservation Award, while nine won for outstanding achievement
LAKELAND — More than a dozen remodeled and refurbished buildings in Lakeland are being recognized by the Lakeland Historic Preservation Board for their efforts.
David and Heidi Campbell, owners of the Boswell/Peacock Building at 230 N. Kentucky Ave., home to Stationery Loft & Gift Boutique, won one of two coveted preservation awards for commercial buildings Monday night during a ceremony at the Polk Theatre. The Campbells won for the rehabilitation and restoration of the building and its storefront.
The couple completely gutted the interior of the three-story building, removed the foundation and built a new building inside the 100-year-old walls. They created Stationery Loft & Gift Boutique on the first floor, Sommer Building event venue on the second floor and a private, four-bedroom residence on the third floor, in which the couple live. In addition, they created a private family patio area on the roof.
“We were very honored and flattered,” said Heidi Campbell, adding that she and her husband love living downtown. Her commute to work is exactly 47 steps. “Downtown Lakeland has gotten to be such an amazing place — it’s quaint, it’s friendly, it takes you back to days of old. People are rediscovering how truly blessed we are.”
Campbell said her children wanted to know why she and her husband waited until they moved out to be cool.
“We didn’t have the heart to tell them we were cool before we had them,” she joked.
The Red Door Restaurant won for the expansion of its front porch seating area. Owner Richard DeAngelis said they went through artists and designers to make sure the porch was in keeping with the neighborhood.
“It’s always nice to get recognized for hard work and there was a lot of hard work getting the porch put up,” DeAngelis said.
He added that he's looking forward to the city putting in wider sidewalks and thoughtfully replanting trees along Palmetto Street.
In addition to commercial buildings, four residential properties also were recognized with top awards for preservation.
Karen Francis, a transplant from South Florida, screened in the front porch and put on a rear addition to the 1922 Rev. James Wilson House on Success Avenue. The redecorated house was on the Lake Morton Historic Home Tour in March.
Florida Presbyterian Homes, Joe Diaz and John Hehn relocated and restored the 1925 O.W. McCallister House, moving the structure from Lakeside Avenue to South New York Avenue.
Tom Tankersley restored the porch of the 1925 C.W. Spear House on West Highland Street.
Carolina and Jennifer Spence restored the windows of the 1926 Hardin House on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Nine runners-up also were recognized.
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