Donovan Dean was one of the foremost architects in Lakeland and the state of Florida in the 1940's and 1950's. His firm, Donovan Dean and Associates had offices in Lakeland, Orlando, Cocoa and, for a brief time, Winter Haven. Dean designed buildings are in cities from Jacksonville to Miami and in many locations in between.
During his lengthy career he designed more than 1000 buildings, including some 200 in Lakeland. Among the buildings he designed in Lakeland were the Lake Mirror Civic Center Auditorium, the Florida Citrus Mutual Building and the corporate headquarters of Publix. He also designed more than 60 Publix shopping centers and 100 churches throughout the state.
This collection contains photographs of buildings in Lakeland designed by the architectural firm of Donovan Dean and Associates, as well as photographs of Donovan Dean and his staff. Included are photographs of such Dean designed buildings as the Florida Citrus Mutual Building, the Lake Mirror Civic Center auditorium, the Grove Theater, the First Baptist Church of Lakeland, Publix Supermarkets and the Southgate Shopping Center.