Organization Profile

Old Island Restoration Foundation

“Old Island Restoration Foundation: Celebrating and sustaining Key West’s unique architecture, culture, and history” In the 1950s Key West’s citizens watched as several of their most valued architectural treasures were lost to neglect or new development. These events galvanized preservationists to organize the nonprofit Old Island Restoration Foundation in 1960 to promote the preservation and restoration of historically significant buildings. Over the years, Old Island Restoration Foundation has raised and granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain the Oldest House Museum and to award grants to restore historic buildings in Key West, including Old City Hall, the Custom House, the Martello Forts, the Key West Lighthouse, the Key West Woman’s Club, several churches, and more. The Foundation also provides funds to Take Stock in Children, a scholarship and mentoring program to assist Key West High School students. All activities are funded by member contributions, Key West Home Tours™, rental of the Oldest House’s beautiful garden for weddings and other events such as the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest. The Old Island Restoration Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an office in the Oldest House and Garden Museum at 322 Duval Street in Key West, Florida.

Arts & Culture, Civic & Community, Education
Low-Income Communities, Visitors & Travelers
Key West, Florida, 33040