OIRF awards five grants


The Old Island Restoration Foundation has awarded five grants for projects that assist in preserving the architectural and/or cultural history of Key West.                                     

The announcement ceremony was part of the Sunday, March 2, “Thank You” brunch for OIRF volunteers who assist at The Oldest House Museum and the annual House Tours. It is only with the help of more than 200 volunteers and the homeowners willing to open their private property to hundreds of ticket-holding visitors that the Foundation is able to raise enough funds to maintain The Oldest House with a portion left over for these grants.

This year’s recipients are:

First Congregational Church of Key West – $7,500. This 122-year-old historic structure is in need of substantial roof repair. Without OIRF assistance the risk of damage to the structure is significant. Kevin May and Bob Green, Trustees

Key West Art and Historical Society, Inc. – $2,500.  The funds would be used to refurbish upper story windows at the Customs House. Christine Nottage, Development Director

 Key West Botanical Garden Society, Inc. – $5,000.  The funds would be used to build a new and needed vehicle and pedestrian entrance gate to the botanical garden, which was established in 1936. Stephen Ragusea, President and Misha McRAE, Executive Director

Key West Woman’s Club – $5,000.  The funds would be used to provide storm shutter protection in Phase II of the overall restoration project. Eileen Kawaler, First Vice President, Dawn Martin, Board of Directors (pictured)

The Studios of Key West, Inc. – $2,000.   This grant is a small portion of the amount requested for restoration of the entrance to the new building.  This building is architecturally important as it is one of the few Art Moderne buildings in Key West. Jed Dodds, Executive Director.

Photos by Dave Hubbert

Steve Black, Lee Cummings, John Johnson and Kelly Friend of OIRF; Steve Regusea and Misha McRae)


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