A homey bungalow in the South Lake Morton neighborhood and an angular office building on Bartow Highway have two things in common: Both have undergone major transformations, and both won the city of Lakeland’s beautification award for June. Scroll on for before-and-after photos of both.

Renovations and a new landscape at an 84-year-old house at 1016 South Blvd. earned Jeannie Weaver and Ryan Lopez the city of Lakeland’s residential beautification award. The “before” image was captured for Google Maps in July 2019.

A major renovation and new landscaping at an office building at 1723 U.S. 98 South earned SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler the city of Lakeland’s commercial beautification award for June.

Receiving the award at today’s City Commission meeting, the firm’s Dean Saunders credited architect Marlon Lynn with the vision to remove the roof and “return to the old Gene Leedy look” of the 1965-era building.

Bill Koen, the 50+-year Lakeland Parks & Recreation employee who coordinates the beautification awards, told commissioners he particularly admires the large silver Bismarck palm in front of the building.

The pre-renovation photo in this series was captured for Google Maps in November 2019.

Learn more about the history of the building and its recent renovation

Lakeland’s beautification award is given monthly to a residential and commercial property whose exterior appearance enhances the community. It is chosen by the city Beautification Board.

Nominations for beautification awards can be submitted to Bill.Koen@Lakelandgov.net or 863.834.2233.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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