There are plenty of museums in key west but so is the audubon house. Instead he stayed offshore on the revenue cutter ship the marion.
Contrary to its eluding name audubon never lived in the home or in key west at all.
Audubon house key west. Audubon house tropical gardens key west. The construction of audubon house occurred between the years 1846 and 1849 after a powerful hurricane bore down on key west. The audubon house marks the beginning of the restoration movement in key west.
He was terrified of getting yellow fever and vowed to his wife he would never sleep on the island of key west to avoid the sickness. Twenty eight of his works can be found in the. The audubon house museum tropical gardens was established in 1960 by key west native colonel mitchell wolfson and his lovely wife frances.
The audubon house tropical gardens is located at 205 whitehead street key west florida. The house was built by captain john huling geiger but it s named after well known ornithologist john james audubon who visited the keys in 1832. It starts with sea caption and wrecker captain john geiger who built the house in key west in 1830 for his family which included nine children.
Plenty of places have an interesting history but so does the audubon house. Famous for his exquisite drawings of birds in their natural habitat audubon stayed in the home in 1832. Audubon house tropical gardens is a vintage wedding venue in key west florida.
The key west audubon house was saved from demolition in 1958 and inspired the historic preservation movement in key west. It s kind obvious that a lot of what the audubon house offers is offered other places as but few offer all this and more in one venue. Plenty of places are registered as part of the historical society but so is the audubon house.
They restored the elegant three level captain s home which was built in the american classic revival architectural style of the mid 1800 s. Saved from being demolished in 1958 the 19th century key west gem is a historic museum featuring the artwork of john james audubon. History of the key west audubon house.
The now restored residence was built by the best carpenters with finest materials. Address phone number audubon house tropical gardens reviews. Captain john huling geiger established the grand home in 1846.
Brick pathed gardens offer a lush 1 acre 4 000 m 2 view of orchids bromeliads and other tropical foliage an herb garden and 1840 style nursery.