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…

Conch House in Key West...also known as a cigar makers cottage. could live here... no probs

Conch House in Key West...also known as a cigar makers cottage. could live here... no probs

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.

Florida Memory - Trellis over entrance gate to conch house at 923 Southard Street - Key West, Florida

Florida Memory - Trellis over entrance gate to conch house at 923 Southard Street - Key West, Florida

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