The official name of Ernest Hemingway House is the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum. This house has been the residence of the world famous author, Ernest Hemingway. It is situated at 907 Whitehead Street in Key West in the state of Florida. There is a prominent lighthouse near the house. The lighthouse is located very close the southern coast of Key West. The Ernest Hemingway House was designated on November 24, 1968 as a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
Ernest Hemingway lived in this house from 1931 to 1939. Hemingway did many of best writing works while living in this house, including the popular short story classics, ‘The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber’ and ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’. The house has been built in an elevated place in the island at 16’ above sea level. It is the second highest site in the entire island. Asa Tift, a salvage wrecker and marine architect built this house originally in a southern colonial mansion style and he quarried the limestone out of the site itself. The construction of Tift is so strong, the deep foundation is so powerful, and the location is just right and hence the house has survived many hurricanes and has remained dry.
Prior to coming to this house, Hemingway was living in Key West for 3 years in other rented houses. The Tift house came for sales in a tax auction. Gus, uncle of Pauline and second wife of Hemingway bought the house for his niece and her husband, paying $8,000 in 1931 as cash. He presented the house to them as their wedding gift, when they got married.
At present, the grounds of the Ernest Hemingway House are maintained as a beautiful garden with several tropical plants, after Hemingway left this house and moved to Cuba. The Navy installed a waterline to this house from the mainland to provide water for the creation of this garden. The house was sold after the death of Ernest Hemingway. Except a chandelier, none of the books, furniture, cats, and other items on display in the house at present that guides claim as belongings of Hemingway have no authentic connection to Hemingway. Still, the Ernest Hemingway House remains a historical attraction in Key West and it is definitely worth visiting to commemorate the famous writer.