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William Lowe Delaney/Theodore Holtsberg House
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 24° 33.398 W 081° 48.293
17R E 418488 N 2716093
Quick Description: Located at 323 Whitehead St
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 9/23/2018 6:20:35 PM
Waymark Code: WMZ7KZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 1

Long Description:
Connecticut mariner and wrecker Benjamin Sawyer built the first house on this property by 1844. From 1888-1890, much of Key West's port business took place in Sawyer's home, until the completion of the federal Custom House. Key West native and Deputy Custom Collector William Lowe Delaney (1863-1917) acquired the property from Sawyer's widow and built this ornate Queen Anne Revival residence by 1906. The house featured a two-story verandah, pavilion tower, and an asymmetrical floor plan. Following Delaney's death, a circuit court ruling in 1918 transferred ownership of the mortgaged property to Lavinia Artolozaga for $3,551. The property was sold again in 1925 for $7,000 to Romanian immigrant Theodore Holtsberg (1857-1928), one of the island's first Jewish residents. He was an entrepreneur whose fashion store was a local landmark, and was an active member in the island's Jewish community. The historic Delaney/Holtsberg residence was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 as a contributing building in the Key West Historic District. In addition, it was selected as one of the thirty-eight architecturally significant Key West structures by the Milo Smith Survey of Historic Buildings in 1974.
Marker Number: F-990

Date: 2017

County: Monroe

Marker Type: City

Sponsored or placed by: The Banyan Resort and the Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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