Is your historic home in need of repairs or renovations? Do you simply love old houses? Then come to the Historic Home Workshop on October 12 to learn about historic wood and steel windows, researching your historic home's history, planning for preservation projects, water mitigation, and many more topics related to the upkeep of historic buildings in Lakeland.
This year marks the 14th biennial Historic Home Workshop held by the City of Lakeland's Historic Preservation Board and Historic Lakeland, Inc. Begun in 2000, this event provides a series of informative and educational presentations related to the care and preservation of historic homes, given by local and statewide preservation professionals, as well as staff from various City departments.
"While the Workshop is aimed at residents in our Historic Districts, it is open to anyone with an older home, as well as those with simply an interest in historic buildings and preservation," said Emily Foster, Historic Preservation Planner in the City of Lakeland's Community & Economic Development Department. The Workshop provides a chance for residents to talk one-on-one with local contractors, craftsmen and women, and staff about the correct way to make changes to their historic house. "Often, homeowners don't realize a minor change to their house could negatively affect its historic character," said Foster. "With knowledge gained from the Workshop, they can feel confident in making appropriate changes that will maintain their home's architectural integrity."
A regular feature of the Workshop is the Exhibit Hall, in which businesses that provide services and supplies for the maintenance and restoration of older houses are represented. Many of these exhibitors also provide door prizes, which are given away to Workshop attendees throughout the event. Door prizes are also donated by local businesses to sponsor the Workshop. Other exhibitors will include City agencies and various organizations devoted to historic preservation.
The Historic Home Workshop will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Ordway Building on the Florida Southern College campus. Workshop presentations will begin at 8:15 a.m. This event is FREE and open to the public, and no registration is required. Following the Workshop presentations, tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings on Florida Southern's campus will be offered to Workshop attendees at no charge.
Historic Home Workshop sponsors include the Lakeland Historic Preservation Board, Historic Lakeland, Inc. and Florida Southern College.