Old Island Restoration Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was organized in 1960 to promote the preservation and restoration of historically significant buildings in Key West. The Foundation also administers and maintains the Oldest House Museum and Garden at 322 Duval Street.
The foundation established the Nancy Ordway Jameson Scholarship to honor the former director of the Oldest House Museum who spent more than 22 years working with the Foundation. Scholarship assistance is made through Take Stock in Children, an award winning scholarship and mentoring program. OIRF’s donation help support graduating Key West secondary students.
The foundation awards Historic preservation grants for projects that demonstrate historic architectural significance. Applications are available from December 15 to January 15 of each year.
Funding for these activities is raised through our annual home tours, membership, donations and special events. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your donation or membership will help us expand our grants program.
The 2018 OIRF grant awards were presented at our annual Appreciation Party on March 4. Recipients were: Key West Art Center, $6,000; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, $11,500; St. James First Missionary Baptist Church, $11,000.
Left to right: Kelly Friend OIRF Board President; Dr. Brian Wagstaff and Wendy Niven, St Paul’s Episcopal Church; Jane Grannis and Lois Songer, Key West Art Center; Reverend Derrick Anderson and Deacon Mitchell, St James First Missionary Church; Parlin Meyer, OIRF Board Member and Grants Committee Chair