Key West Historic District Facts and Links

Historic District of Key West

“The Historic District of Key West is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. More than 2500 buildings and structures, many of them built with wood, contribute to the unique historic urban fabric that attracts thousands of visitors each year. From the Ernest Hemingway House, to cigar makers' cottages, it is through the preservation of historic buildings that we keep a connection with the past; a past that needs to be preserved for future generations.”

Above quote is taken from the City of Key West Historic Architectural Review Commission (HARC) page

2012 Key West Historic Resources Survey 2011 City of Key West Planning Department Key West, Monroe County, Florida Certified Local Government Grant No. 1105 FINAL REPORT August 31, 2012 http://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/egov/documents/1345059719_688751.pdf

2004 HISTORIC RESOURCES SURVEY OF KEY WEST, MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Prepared for: City of Key West Building Department Historical and Architectural Review Commission 604 Simonton Street Key West, FL 33041 http://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/egov/documents/370691158599868.pdf

Key West Historic District on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_West_Historic_District

“The Key West Historic District (also known as Old Town of the City of Key West) is a U.S. historic district (designated as such on March 11, 1971) located in Key WestFlorida. It encompasses approximately 4000 acres (16 km²), bounded by White, Angela, Windsor, Passover, Thomas and Whitehead Streets, and the Gulf of Mexico. It contains 187 historic buildings and one structure.

On February 24, 1983, the district was expanded to 5400 acres (22 km²), bounded by Emma, Whitehead, White, and South Streets, Mallory Square, and the Atlantic Ocean, to contain 2485 historic buildings and four structures.

For current boundaries of the historic district, visit the City of Key West's H.A.R.C. webpage.

Old Town is the name given to the historic district of the island of Key WestFlorida. It is roughly the western half of the island. It is also where the central business district and majority of tourist attractions are located.”

1884 map of Key West
1884 Map of Key West
Courtesy WorldMapsOnline.com

National Organizations:

National Trust for Historic Preservation
On the web: https://savingplaces.org/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalTrustforHistoricPreservation/

National Register of Historic Places – National Park Service
On the web: https://www.nps.gov/nr/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalRegisterNPS

State Organizations:

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
On the web: https://floridatrust.org/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/floridatrustforhistoricpreservation

Florida Division of Historical Resources
On the web: http://dos.myflorida.com/historical/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FloridaDivisionofHIstoricalResources

Local Organizations:

City of Key West Historic Architectural Review Commission (HARC)
On the web: http://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/department/board.php?structureid=128

Historic Florida Keys Foundation
On the Web: http://www.historicfloridakeys.org/

Key West Art and Historical Society
On the web: http://www.kwahs.org/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KWAHS1949/

Monroe County Public Library

Tom’s Keys History Blog
On the web: http://www.keyslibraries.org/category/history/

Florida Keys Photo Collection – Thousands of old and historic photos of people and buildings in Key West
On the web: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keyslibraries

Oral Histories of Key West
On the web: http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpanther/items?aggcode=1&critera=~key%20west%20oral^ZZ

History Department FAQ
On the web: http://www.keyslibraries.org/category/history_faq/

Key West Historian Tom Hambright on CSPAN

 

Photo Collections

The State of Florida - https://www.floridamemory.com/ 

Key West Art and Historical Society's digital colleciton - http://kwahs.pastperfectonline.com/photo

The Library of Congress - http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collections/