Key West's Architectural Wonderland: Where History Meets Modernity
December 06, 2023 • KW Concierge
Sneak Peek into Key West's Hidden Architectural Gems Imagine strolling down the narrow streets of Key West's Old Town, where the past whispers through the walls of restored cigar-makers’ cottages and grand Victorian mansions. This December, and continuing into early 2024, you have the unique opportunity to peek inside these historical treasures during the celebrated Key West Home Tours.
64 Years and Counting Organized by the venerable Old Island Restoration Foundation since 1960, these tours aren't just about showcasing architecture – they're a testament to the community's commitment to preserving their cultural tapestry.
The Yuletide Kickoff Mark your calendars for Dec. 29-30, from 1-4 p.m., to experience the inaugural tour of the season. Picture this: five homes, each donning their holiday best, including one with a staggering six holiday trees. It’s your chance to experience Key West’s festive spirit firsthand.
A Season of Discovery As 2024 rolls in, prepare for a series of Friday and Saturday tours across January, February, and March. Each tour is a window into the soul of Key West, featuring everything from historic renovations to striking modern designs – think a transformed mortuary or a repurposed dance hall.
It's Not Just About the Buildings These tours are a sensory experience. Inside, you’ll find walls speaking in art and antiques, while outside, gardens bloom with creativity. It’s your backstage pass to the Key West lifestyle, complete with insights from OIRF volunteers at each stop.
Choose Your Adventure Running from 1-4 p.m., these self-paced tours let you wander at will. Each month unveils a new set of homes, ensuring a fresh experience every time.
Get Your Tickets! At $55 a pop, or a bargain $200 for the whole series, these tickets are more than just entry passes – they’re your contribution to preserving Key West’s historical heart. OIRF members, expect some sweet deals coming your way.
The Cause Behind the Tours Proceeds don’t just vanish into thin air; they’re funneled back into preserving Key West’s Oldest House Museum and Gardens, among other noble causes.
Ready to Dive into Key West’s Architectural Saga? Check out oirf.org for more. Trust us, it’s not just a tour; it’s a journey through time and creativity.