"Gingerbread House" Historic OldTown Tip by Dutchnatasja

Historic OldTown, Key West: 8 reviews and 13 photos


Fleming Street abounds with many of the characteristic house styles of the island. Look at the scrollwork on the porches, upstairs and down, with designs of palm trees, pineapples, and spindles. The 1880s eyebrow houses are also in this street.

The house you see below was once moved a few feet off its foundation piers during a heavy hurricane and replaced. Its bright peach color is unusual in Key West. It is also referred to as the Illingsworth house, after its first owner.

Architectural terms:

- Eyebrow houses: two-story homes where the second-story windows are partially covered by the roof, thus resembling eyebrows. Especially suited for hot climates.

- Gingerbread: decorative carved details, generally on Victorian houses. Mass produced and/or individually designed.

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  • Written Mar 29, 2006
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