The cookhouse at the Oldest House Museum

In the 1950s Key West’s citizens watched as several of their most valued architectural treasures were lost to neglect or new development. These events galvanized preservationists to organize the nonprofit Old Island Restoration Foundation in 1960 to promote the preservation and restoration of historically significant buildings.

Over the years, Old Island Restoration Foundation has raised and granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain the Oldest House Museum and to award grants to restore historical buildings in Key West, including Old City Hall, the Custom House, the Martello Forts, the Key West Lighthouse, the Women’s Club, several churches, and more. The Foundation also awards a scholarship each year to a Key West High School student. The Foundation is administered by a Board of Directors and staff, listed below.

All activities are funded by member contributions, Key West Home Tours™, rental of the Oldest House’s beautiful garden for weddings and other events such as the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest. The Old Island Restoration Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an office in the Oldest House and Garden Museum at 322 Duval Street in Key West, Florida.

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Board of Directors

More about our Board of Directors and staff here.

Kelly Friend, President
Jean Shannon, Vice President
Steve Black, Treasurer
Nance Frank, Secretary
Dave Hubbert, Exec Committee
Bill Beck
Fran Decker
Bud Halldorson
John Johnson
Patty McMackin
Parlin Meyer
Barbra Neagley
Enid Torregrosa-Silva
Barbara Bowers


Administrator, Chris Hamilton 305-294-9501,
Administrative Assistant, Matt Hon 305-294-9501,
Docent Coordinator, Andy Herdan 305-414-8212,
Marketing / Membership, Kathy Sage
Groundskeeper, Bill Turner

Bios on the Board of Directors and staff here.