Key West Custom House
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Key West Custom House

The island's Custom House -- built in the last decade of the 19th century, when the island was a prosperous port for shipping and home to a large cigar manufacturing industry -- was the site of the inquiry into the explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor. Later it became the island's post office and an administrative building for the Navy. It was eventually abandoned by the Navy and purchased by the state of Florida. A local nonprofit, the Key West Art & Historical Society, restored it and it now serves as a museum. The sculptures out front are by J. Seward Johnson, Jr., a winter resident of the island.

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