February House Tours
February 13-14, 10 am to 4 pm
“Grunts, Grace and Glamour"
Like the tides that surround it, during two centuries faith and fortune have ebbed and flowed in Key West. Each change left its mark on our land, buildings and spirit.
1. 411 Simonton Street & “Old Stone Church” In 1877, the Methodists began encasing their 1847 wooden church in native stone, under the guidance of William Reid Kerr, proponent of Gothic style. A stately Victorian parsonage was added in 1892. Both have been completely renovated; the church was truly modernized in 1963.
2. 321 Peacon Lane After the devastating 1846 storm, Bahamian seafarers settled near the shoreline on “Gruntbone Alley”. Generations later, an architect/owner creatively deconstructed and renovated one ancient abode. An exposed two-story wooden skeleton defines an open-air addition. (There is no parking on this lane; please avoid driving down it.)
3. 1030 Fleming Street During the railroad boom c.1910, an imposing residence with a wrap-around porch replaced an earlier modest cottage and corner grocery store. Years of decline were erased in 2012 when a refined renovation and modernization restored its gracefulness.
4. 1507 Grinnell Street Mid- 20th century, a local socialite, friend of artistes & literati, presided over her estate home constructed in a mode inspired by the nearby Casa Marina. Major renovations and sumptuous landscaping have only served to strengthen its solid, gentile grandeur.
5. 64 Front Street A nascent town sprang up in the 1820’s at this corner near the old port and naval installation. A grand traditional-styled home was erected in 1989 as part of “gated” Truman Annex. It displays marks of modern good fortune, while still being a down-to-earth family home. (No Public parking on this subdivision’s street; easiest parking is at the Southard Street waterfront.)
Purchase tickets for this and the March House Tour.
The tour is scheduled for Friday & Saturday, February 12 & 13, from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 on tour days. For credit card purchase, buy tickets online at www.oirf.org or call 305-294-9501. Tickets are also available for purchase by check or cash at: Capital Bank, (Old Town & North Roosevelt Branches in Key West; MM30.4, Big Pine; 2348 Overseas Highway, Marathon); Royal Furniture (3326 N. Roosevelt Blvd.), and the Oldest House (322 Duval Street). During tour hours, tickets will be sold at the featured houses – cash or check, please.
You do not have to see all the houses in one day. Splitting your visits over two days and taking them out-of-order is permitted.
AFTER THE TOUR... Take your house tour ticket ticket to Gardenfest 2016 at the historic Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on College Road for a Prize Drawing! (www.kwbgs.org)
OIRF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of architectural treasures in the City of Key West and the celebration, honor, and recognition of the historical achievements of the Island. Funds raised from the tours will be used for the Foundation’s grants program and other endeavors furthering our preservation goals.
No smoking, pets, food/drink or photographs will be permitted in the tour homes.