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Five architectural styles of historic Lakeland, FL

We love all of Lakeland’s home styles — which is your favorite?

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From the revival + art deco aesthetics of the 1910s-1930s to Frank Lloyd Wright’s mid-century modern explorations of the 1950s, there has never been just one style of residence in Swan City. Let’s take a look at some of the defining architectural styles you’ll find around Lakeland’s historic homes.

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The exterior of 407 W. Maxwell St. | Image via Drone Elevations

Tudor revival

The Tudor revival style of the 1920s + 1930s is a cornerstone of many of Lakeland’s historic homes. Most common in historical districts like Beacon Hill, these picturesque homes are known for their brick or stone exteriors, framed with half-timbering structural motifs heavily influenced by English architecture.

Today, you’ll find beautifully remodeled takes on these classic estates, like this 1923 re-imagined tudor revival style at 407 W. Maxwell St.

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The Exterior of 816 Park Hill Ave. | Image via Gary Cleveland

Mediterranean revival

The Mediterranean revival style is one of the more unique architectural abodes you’ll find throughout Lakeland’s historical districts. With its distinct low-pitched, red tile roofs, and touches of eclecticism that take inspiration from Spanish colonial history, this style is a reminder of the early influences on Floridian culture.

This single-story Mediterranean revival, located in the South Lake Morton historic district, captures that coastal feeling through its classic white stucco exterior and symmetrical design.

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The exterior of 1146 W. Greenwood St. | Image via Florida Memory

Masonry vernacular

The Masonry vernacular style started appearing around Lakeland in the 1930s and remained popular through the 1950s. Known for their simple, unadorned silhouettes, masonry vernacular homes utilized common techniques and readily available materials for easy construction, often led by self-taught builders.

This home, found in the Lake Hunter Terrace historic neighborhood, showcases the traditional aesthetic of the masonry vernacular style commonly found around town.

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Exterior of Mosswood Manor | Photo via Google Maps

Queen Anne

Queen Anne-style architecture embodies a dramatic presence filled with eclecticism and grandeur. Inspired by the Victorian and Romantic movements, these residences were famous for their full-width curved porches and decorative ornamentation.

An example of the Queen Anne style in Lakeland is the 111-year-old Mosswood Manor, located in the South Lake Morton historic district. Originally built in 1904 by Lakeland pioneer settler Norman Riggins, this home encapsulates one of the city’s most unique and captivating historical architectural styles.

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The exterior of Hillcrest Coffee | Photo via Nicole Maddock-Paulson

Bungalow

The bungalow style was another favorite of early Lakeland residents. With their simple designs inspired by the image of a traveler’s home, bungalows feature low-pitched gable roofs and their quintessential front porch. These modest dwellings can be found through many of Lakeland’s historic districts, particularly in the residential streets of Dixieland.

Hillcrest Coffee is a converted 1925 bungalow that captures the charm of this historical architectural style.

Do you live in or aspire to live in one of these historic-style homes? Tell us which style is your favorite below.

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