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Milton W. Curry House, William Curry Homestead

 
 
Milton W. Curry House-William Curry Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 18, 2018
1. Milton W. Curry House-William Curry Homestead Marker
Inscription.  William J. Curry, born on Green Turtle Key in the Bahamas in 1821, immigrated to Key West in 1837. Curry homesteaded this lot in 1852 and was Key West’s leading merchant for forty years. Wm. Curry Sons’ maritime business amassed a fortune during the Spanish-American War building ships, salvaging wrecks, operating a ship chandlery, and erecting wharves. Curry was reportedly Key West’s wealthiest citizen and Florida’s first millionaire. Following Curry’s death in 1896, this Georgian Revival house was erected in 1905 for $13,000 by Curry’s youngest son and business heir, Milton. The house incorporated the original kitchen hearth from the 1860s Curry dwelling and was likely built using mail order plans from architect George Franklin Barber, who supplied designs to affluent American businessmen. Distinguishing features include the original layout, two-story verandas, lavish detailing, fireplaces, a carved wood staircase, and a Tiffany window. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 as part of the Key West Historic District, the house was purchased by Albert & Edith Amsterdam who began restoration efforts in 1976. The Milton W. Curry
Milton W. Curry House-William Curry Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 18, 2018
2. Milton W. Curry House-William Curry Homestead Marker
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House is a symbol of Key West’s twentieth century wealth.
 
Erected 2016 by Amsterdam's Curry Mansion Inn and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-916.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
 
Location. 24° 33.508′ N, 81° 48.238′ W. Marker is in Key West, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Caroline Street and Ann Street, on the left when traveling east on Caroline Street. Home is now the Curry Mansion Inn. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 511 Caroline Street, Key West FL 33040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert Curry Mansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph Yates Porter, M.D. (about 300 feet away); Key West Woman's Club (about 400 feet away); Old City Hall (about 400 feet away); The Trev-Mor Hotel (about 500 feet away); The Samuel O. Johnson House (about 500 feet away); The Oldest Schoolhouse (about 600 feet away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Key West.
 
Milton W. Curry House-William Curry Homestead image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 18, 2018
3. Milton W. Curry House-William Curry Homestead
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 125 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 28, 2022