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Ernest Hemingway House


  • Address: 907 Whitehead St
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Ernest Hemingway bought this Spanish style house in Key West, Florida in 1931. He lived there with his second wife, Pauline until 1940 when they separated. During this important period of his career he wrote many books, including Death in the Afternoon, Green Hills of Africa, Winner Take No thing, and To Have and Have Not, which has a Key West setting, and he probably also worked on For Whom the Bells Tolls, which appeared in 1940. While living here Hemingway worked long hours, rising very early to write in the study above the pool house, but he also traveled extensively and cultivated the image of rugged Papa Hemingway. Owned by the Hemingway family until 1961, the house is now a museum, opened to the public. - NRHP


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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1851/00/00 Constructed in a French Colonial estate style out of limestone quarried from the site, Hemingway House is built for Asa Tift, owner of one of the major wharf areas in Key West.
1931/00/00 Ernest Hemingway Home Ernest and Pauline Hemingway buy a home in Key West, Florida.
1931/00/00 Pauline Pfeiffer Home Ernest and Pauline Hemingway buy a home in Key West, Florida.
1933/00/00 Ernest Hemingway Author Ernest Hemingway writes "A Way You'll Never Be" in the pool house of his Key West home. A Way You'll Never Be (Short Story)
1936/00/00 Ernest Hemingway Author In the pool house of his Key West home, Hemingway composes "The Snows of Kilimanjaro". The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Short Story)
1938/00/00 The 65 foot long concrete swimming pool is constructed for Hemingways. It is the first on the island.
1940/00/00 Pauline Pfeiffer Home As a part of the divorce settlement in 1940, Pauline receives 51 percent of the Key West property, and she will continue to live in the house until her death in 1950. Marriage of Pauline Pfeiffer and Ernest Hemingway
1950/00/00 Ernest Hemingway Guest Ernest Hemingway stays at his old Key West home.

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Particulars for Ernest Hemingway House:
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Literature
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Secondary structure
Historic Use Single dwelling
Other Description Spanish



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 24th November 1968

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Hemingway, Ernest, House
Registry Address: 907 Whitehead St.
Registry Number: 68000023
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Spanish
Contributing Buildings: 3
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark, National Landmark boundary approved
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Literature
Applicable Criteria: Person
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Significant Year: 1931, 1940
Associated People: Hemingway,Ernest
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Secondary structure
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Museum Institutional housing

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