Ernest Hemingway House and Museum Survive Hurricane Irma

Ernest Hemingway House

The historic Ernest Hemingway house in the Florida Keys, it’s employees and famous 54 cats, have survived the wrath of Hurricane Irma.

According to sources, the historic landmark, located at 907 Whitehead Street in the heart of Old Town Key West, sustained minimal damage. Jacque Sands, the general manager of the Ernest Hemingway House  & Museum weathered the store inside the Key West home.

A spokesperson has confirmed that they survived unscathed.

Meanwhile, Irma, who is currently a Category 2 with sustained winds of 110 mph, continues to make her away cross the state of Florida sparing nothing that gets in her way.

Ernest Hemingway’s House Slide Show

The Hemingway home was built in 1851 in the Spanish Colonial style, and was constructed of native rock hewn from the grounds.

The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, was the residence of author Ernest Hemingway in Key West, Florida, United States. It is located at 907 Whitehead Street, across from the Key West lighthouse, close to the Southern coast of the island. On November 24, 1968, it was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

The house stands at an elevation of 16 feet above sea level but is still the second-highest site on the island. It was originally built in 1851 by Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage wrecker, in a French Colonial estate style, out of limestone quarried from the site. As testament to its construction and location, it survived many hurricanes, and the deep basement remained, and still remains, dry. During hurricane Irma in 2017 when all of Key West was ordered to evacuate, the curator and staff members decided to stay in the house partly because the curator thought it would be too difficult to relocate the fifty-five cats. The Hemingway’s had spent the previous three years living in Key West but had rented housing, the last being a two-story home at 1301 Whitehead Street. Pauline (the writer’s second wife) found the Tift house for sale at a tax auction in 1931. Pauline’s Uncle Gus bought it for her and Ernest, for $8,000 cash, and presented it to them as a wedding gift.