Old Key West, Key West

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  • A conch house on Grinnell Street
    A conch house on Grinnell Street
    by Jefie
  • Front of the old Gato Cigar Factory
    Front of the old Gato Cigar Factory
    by grandmaR
  • Sign regarding cigar factory
    Sign regarding cigar factory
    by grandmaR
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    Conch architecture in Key West

    by Jefie Written Jan 15, 2012

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    Walking around some of Key West's side streets will allow you to discover a type of architecture that is practically unique to the island, usually referred to as "conch architecture". This particular style of wooden houses was developped in the 19th century when immigrants from the Bahamas first came to Key West. Due to the relative lack of resources on the island, they resorted to their boat-building skills to construct clapboard houses that would be adapted to Key West's tropical climate. Conch houses are typically set on posts and feature high ceilings and large windows to allow air to circulate as much as possible. This particular architectural style greatly contributes to giving Key West its rather unique Caribbean feeling.

    A conch house on Grinnell Street
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    The Old Commissary

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 22, 2005

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    When we lived in Key West in the late 60s, the commissary was in an old cigar factory in the middle of town. Now, the commissary is on the base at Sigsbee.

    I went in search of the old commissary, and finally found someone who remembered it and could give us directions. It is at 1100 Simonton Street, and now serves as the State of Florida Monroe County Health Department and the Monroe County Administration and Social Services office complex.

    There is a sign on it which proclaims that it is the:

    Historic GATO CIGAR FACTORY

    Front of the old Gato Cigar Factory Sign regarding cigar factory
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