Old City Hall

Old City Hall (HM1LDV)

Location: Key West, FL 33040 Monroe County
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Country: United States of America
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N 24° 33.562', W 81° 48.275'

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The City of Key West acquired this lot in 1871 and built a wood-frame city hall, dedicating it on July 4, 1876, during the nation's Centennial. That building stood until it burned down in the devastating fire of 1886. The City then constructed this brick edifice between 1890 and 1892. Scott, McDermott & Higgs designed the structure, while Russell & Harvey built it. The ground floor—with wide arches and supporting columns—accommodated market stalls, then fire engines. The upper floor, dominated by the City Commission chambers, also housed City offices. Over the years, the building was altered, including the removal of the bell tower. Monroe County acquired the property in 1965 to house its juvenile court. In 1974, the State of Florida acquired the building, and the Historic Florida Keys Preservation Board spearheaded its restoration. The bell tower was restored in 1976 during the Bicentennial. Restoration efforts continued through the 1980's, leading to the rededication of Old City Hall in 1991. Sweeping granite stairs and an ornate iron balustrade distinguish the building's entrance, while high ceilings, large windows, and wainscoting grace the historic interior.
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HM NumberHM1LDV
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Marker NumberF-601
Year Placed2007
Placed ByA Florida Heritage Site Sponsored by Historic Florida Keys Foundation and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 418520 N 2716396
Decimal Degrees24.55936667, -81.80458333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 24° 33.562', W 81° 48.275'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds24° 33' 33.72" N, 81° 48' 16.5" W
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Area Code(s)305
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 216 Ann St, Key West FL 33040, US
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