The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in the Continental United States


Partners in Preservation

Local Partners

Old Island Restoration Foundation


In the 1950s Key West’s citizens watched as several of their most valued architectural treasures were lost to neglect or new development. These events galvanized preservationists to organize the nonprofit Old Island Restoration Foundation in 1960 to promote the preservation and restoration of historically significant buildings.

Over the years, Old Island Restoration Foundation has raised and granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain the Oldest House Museum and to award grants to restore historic buildings in Key West, including Old City Hall, the Custom House, the Martello Forts, the Key West Lighthouse, the Women’s Club, several churches, and more. The Foundation also awards a scholarship each year to a Key West High School student.

All activities are funded by member contributions, the annual house tours, rental of the Oldest House’s beautiful garden for weddings and other events such as the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest.  The Old Island Restoration Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an office in the Oldest House and Garden Museum at 322 Duval Street in Key West, Florida.

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Historic Florida Keys Foundation


The Florida legislature established the Historic Key West 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.

The Foundation manages Old City Hall, the Armory, the Harry S. Truman Little White House and leases the Oldest House to the Old Island Restoration Foundation and provides preservation services for the Key West Cemetery. The foundation also manages the historic preservation program for Monroe County. Since 1981, the Foundation has presented awards to recognize excellence for preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and new construction.

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Key West Art & Historical Society


For over 60 years, Key West Art & Historical Society has been committed to preservation of the island’s historic structures and collection of artifacts and art that reflect the history of the Florida Keys.

KWAHS has been at the forefront of historical preservation in Key West beginning with Fort East Martello in the 50’s, moving on to the Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters, and culminating with the opening of the Custom House in 1999. It's mission is to preserve the culture of the Florida Keys through exhibiting and displaying regional art, architecture and history for the purpose of educating the community and visiting public.

Concurrently, the Society has maintained and interpreted its extensive collection of objects for research and exhibition.

As one of the oldest non-profits in the Florida Keys, the Society also works with the local community to provide programs that support diverse groups of all ages. The Society is steadily involved in an array of programs such as ArtCamp!, the Road Scholar course established by Elderhostel, Community Day, and Hemingway Days. Looking toward the future, the Society remains dedicated to current programs while also striving to enhance community involvement.

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State Partners

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation


The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is the statewide nonprofit dedicated to protecting Florida’s extraordinary heritage and history. Founded in 1978, the Florida Trust has collaborated to save irreplaceable Florida treasures like the Historic Florida Capitol and is a statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Their mission is to protect the preservation of the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida by focusing on advocacy, education, and stewardship.

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Florida State Historic Preservation Office

Division of Historic Resources

The State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) is the appointed official in each of 59 states, territories and the District of Columbia who is responsible for helping to save the places that matter.

Every State and U.S. Territory has a State Historic Preservation Officer who, with the support of qualified staff, are charged with:

    • Conducting a comprehensive survey of historic properties
    • Maintaining an inventory of historic properties
    • Administering state programs of Federal assistance
    • Identifying and nominating eligible properties to the National Historic Register
    • Advising and assisting Federal, State and local governments in matters of historic preservation
    • Preparing and implementing a statewide historic preservation plan
    • Providing public information, education, training and technical assistance
    • Working with local governments in the development of local historic preservation programs and help them become “certified local governments”
    • Provide consultation for Federal undertakings under the Section 106 provision of the National Historic Preservation Act

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National Partners

National Trust for Historic Preservation


The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. Founded in 1949 and signed into legislation by President Truman, the organization was given the task, "To facilitate public participation in the preservation of sites, buildings, and objects of national significance or interest."

The National Trust for Historic Preservation aims to empower local preservationists by providing leadership to save and revitalize America's historic places, and by working on both national policies as well as local preservation campaigns through its network of field offices and preservation partners, including the National Park Service, State Historic Preservation Offices, and local preservation groups.

In addition to leading campaigns and advocacy, the National Trust provides a growing educational resource through the Preservation Leadership Forum that offers articles, journals, case studies, and conferences and training. The National Trust issues the quarterly Preservation magazine and produces the "PreservationNation" blog.

The National Trust’s current work focuses on building sustainable communities through the adaptive reuse of historic spaces; preserving and empowering cultural diversity through protecting sites of cultural significance; advocating for greater stewardship of historic places on public land; and leading innovation in the management of historic properties.

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National Alliance of Preservation Commissions


The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions was founded in 1983 in response to amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. These amendments provided financial assistance to local governments that met requirements of the Certified Local Government program, including the establishment of a local preservation ordinance and commission.

NAPC was formed to provide a forum for commissions to discuss mutual problems and to serve as a national voice representing the particular needs of commissions.

NAPC provides technical support and manages an information network to help local commissions accomplish their preservation objectives. Their established education and training programs, including our biennial FORUM conference and Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP®), have provided essential training to thousands of commission members and municipal staff.

NAPC also serves as an advocate at federal, state and local levels of government to promote policies and programs that support preservation commission efforts, thanks in part to collaboration with their partner organizations in Washington, D.C.

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Enid Torregrosa,
Historic Preservation Planner

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