The Foundation’s Mission & History

Promoting historic preservation in the Florida Keys through education, advocacy, collaboration and stewardship ...


The Florida legislature established the Historic Key West Preservation Board as a branch of State government in 1972, later renaming it the Historic Florida Keys Preservation Board to reflect the expansion of its mission to all of Monroe County. The Historic Florida Keys Foundation incorporated as a direct-support organization to the Preservation Board by 1991. The Legislature abolished the State office six years later, and the Foundation took over its duties.


Applications for Grant Awards are a big part of what we do.  In 2015 we achieved:

  1. Certified Local Government Grant awarded for $39,100 to Monroe County for the “Monroe County Cultural Resources Assessment Update” financed with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

  2. Old City Hall: Special Category matching grant for $50,000 awarded to HFKF for the “Restoration and Protection of Old City Hall” sponsored by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and the State of Florida.

  3. Historic Key West Armory: Small matching grant for $50,000 awarded to HFKF for “Historic Key West Armory Restoration” sponsored by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and the State of Florida. Special Category matching grant for $144,000 awarded to HFKF for “Restoration and Protection of the Historic Key West Armory” sponsored by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and the State of Florida.


Click here for more photos of these and other projects.


 

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Click here for the Preservation Awards application: Application 2018.pdf

Old Key West, circa 1898

Also, the second floor of Old City Hall is available for lease, pictured at right; as the former City Commission Chambers, it seats about 200 and is perfect for presentations and group meetings.  For more information on either property call 305.292.6718.

Old 7 Mile Bridge

Old City Hall (above) and the Armory (at right)

both had Grant work completed in 2015. 


Currently, the first floor of the Armory is available to lease, and is great for art shows, weddings and parties. 

Renovated Tavernier house