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2016-17 Key West house tours: A chance to peek inside Key West homes

When I visit Key West, I always wish I could peek inside the beautifully restored private homes in the picturesque historic district. And now I can, on annual house tours organized by the non-profit organization that has spearheaded the historic preservation movement in Key West for more than 50 years ago.

Florida Rambler is thrilled to have the Old Island Restoration Foundation as an advertiser on our site for the second year. We think it’s a great partnership: The house tours are just the sort of event our readers want to learn about. You’ll see ads for the tours on our site in 2016-2017.

The tours are conducted by the Old Island Restoration Foundation and funded in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

Each tour features homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners. Some showcase homes have been scrupulously restored. Other have been ingeneously renovated. Many have art collections and antiques.

Here is the schedule of remaining house tours for the 2016-17 season:

  • Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, 2017
  • Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, 2017

General admission tickets for all tours are $30 per person and $35 during the days of each tour. In January, optional Conch Tour train tickets are $35 per person (limited availability).

You can spread your visits to the houses over the two days.

Here’s more about the Key West house tours and how to order tickets online.

Post- WWII, the town expanded - again. A modest mid-century modern concrete block box did take full advantage of its ocean view. It gained a second floor in a 1990’s transformation and is now a contemporary home/art gallery/studio.

On the February tour, 1003 Casa Marina Court. The OIRF says of this house: Post- WWII, the town expanded – again. A modest mid-century modern concrete block box did take full advantage of its ocean view. It gained a second floor in a 1990s transformation and is now a contemporary home/art gallery/studio.

The February tour:

The five houses open for tour in February share this theme, according to the Old Island Restoration Foundation: “From “Reconstruction” to Replication: Key West homes from 1870’s to now.  Tour five private homes from five prosperous eras of our City’s history.”

821 Southard Street – Just before the Great Depression, a bungalow with craftsman touches replaced two conch cottages on this lot. Extensive renovation blended with tasteful décor brought it up-to-date with three bedroom suites.

On the February tour, 821 Southard Street. The OIRF says of this house:  “Just before the Great Depression, a bungalow with craftsman touches replaced two conch cottages on this lot. Extensive renovation blended with tasteful décor brought it up-to-date with three bedroom suites.”

 

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