Old Island Restoration Foundation


Old Island Restoration Foundation


OIRF is celebrating its 60th Anniversary from November 14th, 2019 through March 31, 2020.  Starting with the Kickoff party on November 14th including the unveiling of the Captain Francis Watlington painting on loan from History Museum Miami and multiple other events during the 2019/2020 season. 

Some of the special events will include a guest speaker series in the garden, 3 new exhibitions at the Oldest House Museum, a New Year’s Eve Gala, Mario Sanchez scavenger hunt, our 58th Annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest, and of course our major fundraising event the 60th Annual Home Tours. And many other sponsored events throughout the Island.

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 historical buildings in Key West, including Old City Hall, the Custom House, the Martello Forts, the Key West Lighthouse, Women’s Club, several churches, and many more. The Foundation also awards a scholarship each year to a Key West High School student. The Foundation is administered by a Board of Directors and staff.

Event information, schedule, prices and ticketing: oirf.org, Key West Home Tours

60th Anniversary Celebration

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