Holiday Nights; Holiday Lights
On side streets and down narrow lanes, a glow breaks through the gloom of mid-winter night, beckoning visitors to enter homes large and small.
605 Free School Lane
Key West’s first public school stood on this lot from 1874 until 1909. This 1993 duplex is the latest dwelling to take advantage of an almost-secret location. A fresh interior make-over captures the essence of tropical calm.
513 Margaret Street
When a prosperous cigar manufacturer built this house in 1908, he copied the Classic Revival form favored by his established neighbors. Only two different families owned the house until 2001. A total renovation has transformed the site into a private enclave complete with detached guests’ quarters and pool.
532 Grinnell Street
The earliest domiciles on the Key were tiny, Bahama-style cottages. Every cubic inch of this ancient gem has been ingeniously used. It is a case-study of efficiency, but done with such finesse that it has been featured in numerous design publications and TV shows. Don’t miss the cozy “bedbox” guest room!
909 Pohalski Ave.
In 1886, an entire village for cigar makers was developed in one corner of Old Town. This remnant of that era has just been totally rehabilitated and expanded after a 2011 fire. Although thoroughly modern, this cottage honors its historic origins in choice of materials and style.
1501 Olivia Street
This Victorian was built on dairy farmland at the then-far edge of town c. 1906 . Although thoroughly renovated, the house is substantially original. The owners have taken care to retain its historic character and extant materials, including a touch of “steamboat gothic” spindling on the wrap porch.
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