If you play our Mystery Monday game over on Facebook, you may have recognized today’s photo as the Ernest Hemingway House at 907 Whitehead Street in Old Town Key West. Long on my wish list, I finally got to see this house up close and personal earlier this year. I guess it’s safe to say I’m just a teensy-weensy bit obsessed with the 1930s. It was pouring rain that day, and my poor husband had to practically pin me down to restrain me from going crazy over the knowledge that I wouldn’t get to see the gardens.
Well, I’m not that crazy. I mean, just LOOK at this house! Ah! It’s my dream. come. true. Built from limestone found directly beneath the structure in 1851 for a ship’s architect & captain, the house was occupied by Ernest Hemingway, his wife Pauline and their 2-sons, Patrick and Gregory, from 1931-1940. After Hemingway moved to Cuba around 1940, Pauline and the boys remained in the home for another 11 years.
The Library of Congress contains an incredible collection of photos taken as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey, and they were able to capture the home right around the time of Hemingway’s residence there.
Ernest Hemingway at his writing desk in Key West. Courtesy The Key Wester.
Hemingway’s Key West house, c. 1930s. Courtesy JFK Library.
This and all photos below c. 1930s and courtesy Library of Congress.
Hemingway and his sons on the veranda, c. 1930s.
I had to throw this one in here. I’m working on making Banjo a doghouse this cool.
AUTHOR ELIZABETH FINKELSTEIN
Elizabeth is the founder of CIRCA and a practicing writer, architectural historian and preservation consultant living in Brooklyn, NY. Elizabeth has loved historic houses for as long as she can remember, having grown up in an 1850’s Greek Revival gem that was lovingly restored by her parents. Elizabeth, her husband Ethan and their beagle Banjo remain on a relentless hunt for their perfect “Thanksgiving house.”