The Architecture of Key West – Garden Lecture Series with Snow Philip

Tue. Feb 4, 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm EST
Garden at The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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COST: $25.00 Per Person ($15.00 for OIRF Members)

Key West is the largest historic district of wooden structures on the US Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places. The charm of Old Town can be attributed to the eclectic mix of over 3,000 wooden buildings constructed throughout the 19-Century; some of which were built in the Bahamas and brought to Key West. The durability of Key West Homes is a testament to the skills of marine carpenters who used rot-resistant Dade County Pine. In her presentation, art historian Snow Philip will discuss the wide variety of styles and influences that led to Key West’s unique architectural fusion.

About the Presenter:
Snow studied at Hood College, University of Grenoble, and George Washington University where she earned a BA in History of Art and Architecture and Modern Languages.
She grew up in Guam and has lived in Helsinki, Stockholm, and Madrid where her husband served as a Foreign Service officer. Her travels have allowed her to develop an appreciation and understanding of architecture and she has worked as a tour guide in Washington DC and Key West. Snow lives between Key West and Venice, Italy and currently gives presentations to Road Scholar tours on the subject of Architecture.

Gates will open at 6:00 PM. Admission: $25, OIRF members $15. Water and soft drinks will be available for sale.

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60th Annual Home Tours “Be My Valentine”

Friday, February 14 & Saturday, February 15   

Friday 14 Saturday 15

TICKETS: $35.00 before 2/14;  $45.00 thereafter; Children 12 & Under – FREE w/ accompanying adult
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Start at any home on this tour, or at:
The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
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The annual Key West Home Tours™ is one of the oldest and longest-running home tours in America, with the first tour in 1960. Old Island Restoration Foundation (OIRF) conducts the tours and they are funded in part by our generous supporters. Each tour features five lovely homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners.

You will be enchanted by exquisite restorations, creative renovations and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more. All proceeds from the tours stay in our local community fulfilling OIRF’s mission of “Celebrating and sustaining Key West’s unique architecture, culture, and history.” Grants are provided to local homeowners and non-profits to fix up their buildings in the historic district, scholarships are provided to Key West High School students and funds are used to maintain Key West Oldest House Museum and Garden.

NOTE: There is no transportation offered between homes during this event. This is a walking or biking tour.

1406 South Street: The mid-century-modernish style home was built in 1988 with contemporary panache. Its side-entrance is hidden behind a privacy fence, but the architectural wow-factor is the house’s front wall of 14 glass-paneled doors and windows. Plantation shutters abound, collectibles from around the world flourish throughout.

1305 Reynolds: This home was initially built as part of a compound on United Street. Legally separated, then renovated in 2011, the side-entrance door is an exquisite Indonesian pearl-inset portal rebuilt to fit the house, similar to other fine wooden doors and artifacts inside.

1307 Truman: Fronting Bayview Park, and a beauty among Truman Avenue’s Mansion Row, the late 1800s 5-bed/7-bath Victorian manor exudes charm and history, including former life as the Women’s Guild headquarters until 1941.

1212 Newton: Hard to believe this classic architectural charmer was built in 2001. With double galleries, front and back, elegant interior staircase balustrades, butler’s pantry and more, its old-but-new design fits perfectly into the Meadows’ historic neighborhood.

618 Grinnell: The eyebrow-style architecture of this late 1800s home is unique to Key West. Awarded for its careful renovation in 2011-2013, the mostly Dade County Pine structure features hand-painted palm motifs above the front rooms’ picture hanging rails. What’s more, this house has good feng shui.

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Saturday, February 22 & Sunday, February 23

Key West Art Center Celebrates 60 years

Old Island Days Art Festival-Celebrating 55 years

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States + Google Map
The Old Island Days Art Festival is a two day juried outdoor fine art festival.  This nationally recognized show brings over 100 fine artists to this beautiful historic area of Key West.  Exhibitors will set up along Whitehead Street from Greene Street to Eaton, and on Caroline Street through the famous Presidential Gates into the beautiful Truman Annex.   Set among historical attractions such as the Audubon House, the Truman Little White House, and Mel Fisher Museum.  Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of paintings from watercolor to oil and acrylic, decorative sculpture, photography and other fine arts from the selected artists.  Tropical themes are abundant here, but contemporary and traditional styles make something for everyone!
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THE COST you choose Please donate! Please register!

58th Annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest

SAT, MARCH 7, 2020
12:00 pm – 3:00pm


The 58th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest was held in the garden of the Oldest House on March 7th to a standing-room only crowd, and was emceed by Lea Fox of US 1 Radio. The participants this year included four college students on spring break, Santa Claus and an on-stage marriage proposal.
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THE COST you choose ~ Please donate! Please register!
Saturday, March 7 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Garden at The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
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Key West Characters: The Oldest House

Five local playwrights are writing short plays to help celebrate Old Island Restoration foundation’s 60th Anniversary!

We’ll present a one-night reading of those original shorts about the Oldest House on Duval Street.

Presented in partnership with OIRF as part of the Old Island Restoration Foundation’s 60th Anniversary celebration.

In the backyard of the Oldest House. Free Event!

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THE COST $35.00 in advance – $45.00 day of event

Friday 13 Saturday 14

60th Annual Home Tours “Thanks for 60 years”

Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Start at any home on this tour announced this spring.
The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
+ Google Map

The annual Key West Home Tours™ is one of the oldest and longest running home tours in America, with the first tour in 1960. Old Island Restoration Foundation (OIRF) conducts the tours and they are funded in part by our generous supporters. Each tour features five lovely homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners.

You will be enchanted by exquisite restorations, creative renovations and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more. All proceeds from the tours stay in our local community fulfilling OIRF’s mission of “Celebrating and sustaining Key West’s unique architecture, culture, and history.” Grants are provided to local homeowners and non-profits to fix up their buildings in the historic district, scholarships are provided to Key West High School students and funds are used to maintain Key West Oldest House Museum and Garden.

NOTE: There is no transportation offered between homes during this event. This is a walking or biking tour.
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