Sep 24, Ernest Hemingway Home: See Ernie's Last Penny
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The Ernest Hemingway home at 907 Whitehead Street in Key West has become a popular tourist attraction.
Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum
The famous author and his wife Pauline lived there with their many cats and their sons Patrick and Gregory from 1931 until 1940.
Hemingway and Pauline first came to Key West as visitors in 1928 and again the following year. During their 3 week 1928 stay, Ernest finished his famous World War One novel “A Farewell To Arms”.
Hemingway Home Interior
The couple liked Key West and decided to stay. They were lucky that Pauline had a rich uncle, Gus. He bought the house for them in 1931.
The house was originally built in 1851 in the Spanish Colonial style of architecture popular in Key West in those days. It was built of native limestone rock from the homesite, and hewn into sturdy building blocks. The lot was one of the highest in Key West.
The original builder dug a 14 foot deep hole to get the limestone used in construction. He then partially filled the hole so that the home has a 9 foot tall basement.