Key West Architecture 
& Historic Homes
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A highlight of any visit to Key West is a stroll through Old Town to see the historic homes.  Over 3000 homes still stand today that were built in the 1800s, with many of them listed on the National Historic Register.  These properties are meticulously restored to provide a glimpse of old Key West.

With traditional Caribbean and Victorian influences, the style is uniquely characterized by tin roofs, gingerbread moldings and large porches.

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Some homes were actually moved to Key West from the Bahamas, by the early Conch settlers of English decent.  While other houses were constructed out of lumber salvaged from shipwrecks.  Built by expert craftsmen, the wooden structures have withstood the tropical storms and hurricanes of well over a century.

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The majority of the historic homes are private residences.   Please respect the owner's privacy.  Homes that are open to the public are clearly marked.

 
The "eyebrow" house is the signature style of home to Key West.  Its steep sloping roofline extends over the front porch and second floor windows.  This design provides needed shade to reduce heat gain as well as direct rain runoff to water storage cisterns.

The Old Island Restoration Foundation publishes a free brochure - Pelican Path, A guide to Historic Key West.  It's an excellent piece that includes a walking guide and detailed descriptions of several of the homes.  The majority of the homes are private residences.  Please respect the owner's privacy.  Homes that are open to the public are clearly marked.  You can find copies of Pelican Path at the Key West Chamber of Commerce office on Front Street.

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The "eyebrow" house
is the signature style
of home to Key West.

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