The listing Realtor, not me, describes the home this way:
"This turn of the century classic conch home has an expansive covered front porch, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, large living and dining room, den, and updated kitchen. There is a separate 2 story 1 bedroom apartment complete with kitchen, bath, and covered porch. The property is fenced with a lovely side garden and off street parking is available. The home is in good condition."
I looked through my old shoebox and found two photos which referenced 1403 Pine Street. The first and most obvious was the black and white photo below taken in 1965. It shows the main house in front together with the two story cottage at the rear. I also found a copy of the waterfront pass of Robert Pritchard who lived at 1403 Pine Street in 1918. Young Pritchard's family owned the Pritchard Funeral Parlor located nearby at 828 White Street. (That building was converted into condominiums a few years ago. See the historic photo below.) The waterfront pass was issued to locals who worked at the Key West waterfront during wartime. "This is a collection of nearly 600 military passes issued to civilian workers in Key West during WWI. Fields on the passes include name, occupation, nationality, employer. They should be useful for genealogists and historical researchers of all disciplines." This collection was created by Tom Hambright of the Monroe County Library with additional help from Anne Layton Rice. My guess is that Robert Pritchard was probably born around 1900. His pass identified him as a Western Union Telegraph messenger. I found reference to what I believe to be his death in Key West in 1922.
Literary giant John Dos Passos used to live next door at 1401 Pine Street. According to the Key West Literary Seminar "John Dos Passos, author of the U.S.A. trilogy and many other works, first visited Key West in the 1920s and told his friend Ernest Hemingway about the place. During the winter of 1934, Dos Passos and his wife lived in this house at 1401 Pine St., then the outskirts of town." Author J. Willis Burke reports in The Streets of Key West "No doubt, John dos Passos, who lived at 1401 Pine during the 1930s, made the fifteen minute walk (to downtown Key West) often. After one nocturnal amble, he arrived at Hemingway's house and met his future wife, Kate, for the first time. Perhaps it was kismet: "Dos" had, after all, been the one to suggest to "ole Hem" give Key West a try if he was looking for a warm place "to dry out his bones." In The Best of Times Dos Passos wrote "I've forgotten whether I first told Hem about Key West or whether he found out on his own. Dos Passos refers to Key West as dreamlike and "in those days Key West really was an island...It was like no other place in the world."
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