What is a conch house? Early settlers of the Florida Keys built their homes of a molter made from sand, water, and lime. The settlers obtained their lime by burning conch shells. Having no building stones or bricks, but an abundance of conch shells the settlers often utilized the shell itself in constructing their houses. Thus the term "conch" house had its beginning. Later, wooden homes built by settlers and ship's carpenters utilizing a blend of architectural styles took on the name of…

What is a conch house? Early settlers of the Florida Keys built their homes of a molter made from sand, water, and lime. The settlers obtained their lime by burning conch shells. Having no building stones or bricks, but an abundance of conch shells the settlers often utilized the shell itself in constructing their houses. Thus the term "conch" house had its beginning. Later, wooden homes built by settlers and ship's carpenters utilizing a blend of architectural styles took on the name of…

KEY west design | Delightful Key West Conch Cottage - 813 Frances Street

Delightful Key West Conch Cottage - 813 Frances Street

Heavenly Zen – a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom classic Key West conch house with a back yard that is as close to heaven as it gets!

Heavenly Zen – a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom classic Key West conch house with a back yard that is as close to heaven as it gets!

key west style homes - love this! Not enough room for all my hubby's stuff, though

key west style homes - love this! Not enough room for all my hubby's stuff, though

Florida Memory - Front porch of Victorian style conch house on William Street, Key West, Florida.

Florida Memory - Front porch of Victorian style conch house on William Street, Key West, Florida.

Key West One of my favorite places to be! And I'll be back in September!

Key West One of my favorite places to be! And I'll be back in September!

A conch house is a style of architecture that developed in Key West, Florida in the 19th century. The conch house is built of wood, and set on posts or piers, which allows air to circulate under the floor. Conch houses are rectangular, of one or two floors, and usually have a porch across the full width of the front of the house (both floors if the house has two floors). ~j~4

A conch house is a style of architecture that developed in Key West, Florida in the 19th century. The conch house is built of wood, and set on posts or piers, which allows air to circulate under the floor. Conch houses are rectangular, of one or two floors, and usually have a porch across the full width of the front of the house (both floors if the house has two floors). ~j~4

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