The Custom House
281 Front St, Key West, FL 33040
Presented by Laura Albritton and Jerry Wilkinson
Laura Albritton and Jerry Wilkinson will give a presentation of archival photographs describing the history of Duval Street, one of the most legendary avenues in the United States. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, this iconic thoroughfare has seen everyone from Ulysses S. Grant to Ernest Hemingway. The authors will trace the origins of the street and its development, as it experienced hurricanes, fire, Prohibition, the Depression, two World Wars, and the economic doldrums of the 1960s, as well as renewal and historic preservation. Highlights will include famous buildings such as Key West’s Oldest House, St. Paul’s Church, the Southernmost House, the San Carlos Institute, and La Concha Hotel, along with fabled bars.
This program is sponsored by the Helmerich Trust.