The Old Island Restoration Foundation, dedicated to preserving the history of Key West, continues its seasonal tours of Southernmost Homes Feb. 14 and 15. The featured homes:
618 Grinnell St.
This is an indigenous house style, but this one had some uncommon features since its construction. After serving as a winter home for a northern family since 1938, its new owners have continued the tradition of adaptation to the times. The pool area includes a hurricane-rated bathhouse.
704 White St.
A fire in 1923 caused an architectural transformation in this neighborhood. Rows of tiny cigar-roller cottages were consumed by the flames. They were replaced by several larger houses constructed in the then-contemporary bungalow style on larger lots.
1214 Olivia St.
Victorian design caught on late in Key West; undeveloped lots at the edge of town lent themselves to embellished residences like this 1905 beauty. Known as the Monastery because it was church-owned at one point, there is nothing austere about the lifestyle it now encloses. Modern additions include a media room and outdoor kitchen and bar gazebo.
1114 Margaret St.
A dilapidated cigar-roller cottage was demolished in 1968 to make room for a plain but practical concrete block box. Recent renovations by its architect owner added living space as well as a retro/contemporary style. Hand-crafted furnishings and artwork reinforce the design aesthetic.
710 Windsor Lane.
This tropical modern home on a double lot was constructed using techniques and materials that are energy-efficient, eco-friendly and storm-resistant. The decor is variations in blue.
The tours run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Cost is $30 per person. Tickets can be obtained at www.oirf.org or by calling 294-9501.