I searched the old Sanborn Fire Maps for Key West and found this building on the 1889 map which means it was built some time prior to that date. The Monroe County Property Appraiser's official records show the construction date as being 1929. (I think the Sanborn Map is more correct, but the official record is the official record.) In any case, the building is ancient and has the crow's feet and wrinkles to prove it. I dug deep into the old shoe box and found a photo taken back in 1965 shown immediately below. The back of the photo shows the downstairs as being a launderette and dentist's office. The upstairs presumably were apartments. I took a similar photo to compare the old versus current facades. I think the old girl looked a bit better back in the day, but this is one solid building which ought to respond to a keen renovation.
"This historic concrete block building consists of two commercial spaces downstairs and two residential units upstairs. One commercial space is empty, the other tenant is a laundromat. Each residential unit has it's own staircase and entrance. One unit is a one bedroom, one bath, the other unit is a two bedroom, one bath."
If I bought this property as an end user I would takeover the second floor apartments when the leases expire and undertake a renovation to combine the two units into one single living space of about 1740 sq ft plus the 9' X 50' second floor covered front porch. The interior spaces would be all new except for the historic Dade County Pine a new owner would presumably retain. The old jalousie windows wood probably be replaced with period correct wood windows. I guess I liken what could be done here with what is done in old loft buildings across America. Except this space is located two blocks from Duval Street and two blocks from the Historic Key West Seaport.
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