Key West Architecture
Key West architecture reflects our cultural heritage and natural environment. See America’s largest collection of heritage structures in Old Town Key West. Along with Mallory Square, the Truman Annex, and Fort Zachary Taylor, the historical Key West architecture is a major Old Town tourist attraction. An eclectic mix of over 3,000 wooden buildings dating from about 1886 to 1912, this collection of 19th-century structures is the largest historical district on the US Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places. The fact that so many structures remain today is a legacy of the skilled marine carpenters who built Old Town, the durability of the hard, rot-resistant Dade County pine that was the mainstay of early Key West construction, and a result of economic and cultural factors specific to 20th century Key West.