Product Idea

Ernest Hemingway Home, Key West Florida

The Author

Ernest Hemingway was an American author and journalist who lived from 1899 to 1961. He is considered to be one of the greatest authors in American history. His novels include The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

The Home

Ernest Hemingway first traveled to Key West, Florida in 1928, and in 1931 he purchased the Spanish Colonial style house on Whitehead Street that became his home. Built in 1851, the home was in poor condition when the Hemingways moved in. But Ernest and his second wife Pauline gradually restored the home, furnishing it with European antiques and other personal treasures. He lived here through the 1930s and continued to visit Key West throughout his remaining years, until his death in 1961.

Today, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is a National Historic Landmark, visited by thousands of tourists every year. The house and grounds are inhabited by dozens of cats, many with 6 and 7 toes that are descendants of the original cats Hemingway owned when he lived at the home.

Visit the website of the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum to learn more about this historic structure where Ernest Hemingway lived for many years and wrote some of his most famous works.

The Set

My Lego version of the Ernest Hemingway Home is a minifigure-scale recreation of the famous Key West landmark. It is a two-level design that features wrap-around porches, a detachable roof and second floor, Lego versions of the actual furniture that decorates the home, and a minifigure of Ernest Hemingway himself. The set includes just under 2400 bricks.

Among the many features of the Lego Ernest Hemingway Home are:

  • An Ernest Hemingway minifigure, along with five of his cats
  • A fully furnished first floor, featuring Hemingway's living room, dining room, and kitchen
  • A fully furnished second floor, featuring Hemingway's bedroom, bathroom, and study
  • Detachable roof, second floor, and second floor balcony

The Project

Thank you for taking the time to view my project. I think this will make an excellent Lego Ideas set because Ernest Hemingway is one of the greatest authors of the 20th century, and his home is an historic landmark that pays tribute to the life and career of this literary giant. The set is a detailed, faithful recreation of his unique home and its many fine furnishings.

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