Houses Hidden in Plain Sight
Jump aboard the Conch Tour Train (additional cost and reservation required*) to find the five private houses featured on OIRFs January house tour. Walking through Old Town is always an option, of course, but this 3-6 pm specially arranged transportation ensures that you find these awesome properties because, well, some are treasures hidden in plain sight:
1. 1021 Angela Street. Another 6-foot high wooden fence hides this side entrance to a first-floor duplex located across from the cemetery. Its bright, airy great room opens to pool deck through sets of French doors, as does the guest bedroom.
2. 706 Ashe Street. Although the cottage appears small out front, it is a deceptively spacious 1800 sq. feet, featuring a “ta-da” great room, 20-foot high ceiling and clerestory windows. Look for the “ta-da” master suite accessed from a staircase easy to miss in the office.
3. 1128 Olivia Street. A turn-of-the-20th-century carriage house. Behind its massive double-door facade, surprisingly, one half slides back to reveal the entry and first-floor lesson in compact living space. Second floor and tree-top deck is the dedicated master suite.
4. 805 Catherine Street. Lots of Dade County pine is enclosed behind a 6-foot-high fence, where the side-gate marks the side entry to this charming two-story house, a more typical structural style in the historic district.
5. 415 Olivia Street. Architecturally, this low-slung Mid-century-modern home is usually found in the Casa Marina District, but here it is downtown across from the Hemingway House, standing alone among 2-story antique houses, partially shielded from view by an original cinder-block wall.
6. 417 Eaton Street. Sorry, tickets not available for purchase at this location. The Saint Hotel is a bonus 6th property on the tour. Entrance was formerly on Duval Street, but now its cozy front porch, house-like entrance is across from the Tropic Theater, where end-of-the-home-tour treats greet tour-goers with nibbles and libations. If you are touring by Conch Train you will be dropped at 322 Duval Street. Please walk around the corner to the Saint Hotel.
This tour is scheduled for January 18 & 19, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
If you want to tour “green”, reserve a seat on the Conch Train.
Conch Train – A limited number of seats for touring by Conch Train are available by reservation only for $45 each. Choose a starting time of 3:00, 3:20 or 3:40 pm and plan on arriving at the Oldest House (322 Duval Street) 20 minutes before departure time. Each train will travel to all five houses. Please reserve a train seat online, at the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street (10:00 am to 4:00 pm, closed Sunday and Wednesday.
Tour only (non Conch Train) Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 on tour days. For credit card purchase, buy tickets online HERE or at the Oldest House (322 Duval Street). To reserve Conch Train seats using non-Conch Train tickets purchased previously call 305-294-9501 or visit the Oldest House at 322 Duval Street.
During tour hours, tickets will be sold at the featured houses – cash or check, please. Conch Train seat reservations can not be made at the featured houses.
If you are walking, houses may be viewed in any order over the two days between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Also note that the free Duval Loop bus provides convenient access to most of the homes.
No smoking, pets, food/drink or photographs will be permitted in the tour homes.
OIRF is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of architectural treasures in the City of Key West and the celebration, honor, and recognition of the historical achievements of the Island. Funds raised from the tours will be used for the Foundation’s grants program and other endeavors furthering our preservation goals.