What is a conch house?
Early settlers of the Bahamas and Florida Keys built their homes of a mortar made from sand, water, and lime. The settlers obtained their lime by burning conch shells. Having no building stones or bricks, but an abundance of conch shells the settlers often utilized the shell itself in constructing their houses. Thus the term “conch” house had its beginning.
Later, wooden homes built by settlers and ship’s carpenters utilizing a blend of architectural styles took on the name of conch houses.
This picture is included in my KEY WEST CALENDAR 2011