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Key West in Monroe County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Audubon House

 
 
Audubon House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, March 19, 2015
1. Audubon House Marker
Inscription. Captain John H. Geiger, skilled pilot and master wrecker, built this house in 1830. It is typical of the era when, in 1832, the famed naturalist, John James Audubon, visited Key West to study and sketch the birds of the Florida Keys. On March 18, 1860, Mitchell Wolfson, native son of Key West, and Mrs. Wolfson, also a native Floridian, dedicated the house as a public museum to be named Audubon House, commemorating the artist's visit to Key West. Furnished with antiques of the period, the museum proudly exhibits numerous original Audubon engravings. This restoration sparked the preservation and restoration movement in Key West.
 
Erected by Historical Association of Southern Florida.
 
Location. 24° 33.499′ N, 81° 48.377′ W. Marker is in Key West, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Whitehead Street and Sunset Lane, on the right when traveling north on Whitehead Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 Whitehead Street, Key West FL 33040, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Navy Club of Key West Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Clinton Square (within shouting distance of this marker);
Audubon House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, March 19, 2015
2. Audubon House Marker
Mallory Homesite (within shouting distance of this marker); Naval Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old City Hall (about 700 feet away); The Little White House (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Little White House (about 700 feet away); Key West Woman's Club (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Key West.
 
Regarding Audubon House. The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens were constructed in the 18th Century for Captain John H. Geiger. Geiger was a harbor pilot and resided here with his wife and 9 children. In 1832 John James Audubon visited the keys and spent much of his time here at the Geigers' house. During his visit Audubon sketched 18 new birds, one of which was sketched in front of a tree at this house. Today the house offers a beautiful one-acre garden surrounding a house that contains 28 original first-edition Audubon paintings. The paintings are displayed on all three floors of the historic home.
 
Also see . . .
1. Audubon House & Tropical Gardens.
Audubon House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, March 19, 2015
3. Audubon House Marker
House in background. Photo taken at northwest corner of property.
Homepage (Submitted on March 22, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 

2. Audubon House Gallery of Natural History. (Submitted on March 22, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
3. Wikipedia: Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. (Submitted on March 22, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
4. Key West Audubon House: Fascinating characters, enchanting spot. Key West is full of beautiful houses, gardens and views but one of the prettiest places of all is the Key West Audubon House, also known as the Geiger House, and its gardens. (Submitted on March 22, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 

5. Virtual Tourist: Audubon House, Key West. Photos and reviews. (Submitted on March 22, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 

6. Expedia: Audubon House and Tropical Gardens Guide. (Submitted on March 22, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
 
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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, March 19, 2015
4. Audubon House & Tropical Gardens
A visit to Audubon House and Tropical Gardens is a step back in time to the world of a maritime pilot and master wrecker in mid-19th century Key West.
Audubon House by day image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 28, 2015
5. Audubon House by day
Audubon House & Tropical Garden Sign image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, March 19, 2015
6. Audubon House & Tropical Garden Sign
Sign is located at the entrance to the property on Whitehead Street.
Audubon House Side Yard image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 28, 2015
7. Audubon House Side Yard
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   5. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.   6. submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   7. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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