Alexander Cruz/ Julia Gardner House

Alexander Cruz/ Julia Gardner House (HM2CXY)

Location: Key West, FL 33040 Monroe County
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N 24° 33.38', W 81° 48.282'

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The cigar industry of Key West dates from 1831, when the first cigar factory was established. After the 1868 Cuban War of Independence, Key West's cigar manufacturing industry boomed, reaching its zenith at the turn of the twentieth century. In 1885, Cuban-born Dolores Fernandez de Cruz purchased this corner lot from Bahamian pioneer William Saunders, who lived here from 1850 to 1880. The Cruz Brothers, Andres, Alexander, and Jose, erected a three-story cigar factory on this site by 1889, providing a business and residence for the family. In 1900, Alexander Cruz bought the factory. He built this 2 1/2 story Neoclassical home on this site circa 1904. The house and lot are significant for their link to the Cuban cigar industry in Key West, which contributed to the island's economic preeminence at the turn of the century. Julia Gardner, daughter of Richard Henry Albury, one of the island's most prosperous land owners, purchased the residence in 1918 and owned it for 30 years. Due to its distinctive form, proportion, materials, siting, and architectural details, the Alexander Cruz House contributes to the Key West Historic District.
Year Placed2017
Placed ByThe Banyan Time Share Resort and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Thursday, December 20th, 2018 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 418507 N 2716060
Decimal Degrees24.55633333, -81.80470000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 24° 33.38', W 81° 48.282'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds24° 33' 22.8" N, 81° 48' 16.92" W
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Area Code(s)305
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 325 Whitehead St, Key West FL 33040, US
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