Here is a photo of Ernest Hemingway’s boyhood home in Oak Park, Illinois. A couple with two young sons bought the house earlier this month for $525,000. The house currently is divided into three apartments, but the couple plans to restore it to a single-family home as it was in 1906 using Hemingway’s floor plans as a guide.This is a photo of the house in Key West, Florida where Hemingway lived with his second wife Pauline and their two sons from 1931 to 1940.
Hemingway installed the first in-ground pool in Key West. Having a residential swimming pool was an incredible luxury in 1938, and this one was dug out of solid coral. The final cost was $20,000 (1938 currency).
“ . . .The swimming pool is wonderful - it is very large and the water, from away under the reef, is fairly salt. Also it lights up at night - I find that each underwater bulb is five times the voltage of the one bulb in the light house across the street, so the pool must be visible to Mars - it is wonderful to swim around in a sort of green fire, one’s friends look like luminous frogs . . .” Quote from Pauline Hemingway’s friend, the poet Elizabeth Bishop
Hemingway shot the trophies that are mounted on the wall of the Key West house, which operates as a museum. Photos of the house have been taken from the museum's website.
Photo by Christy Transier
In 1940, Hemingway moved to a home in Cuba called Finca Vigia, meaning “lookout house”. Here is the library in the Cuban house, which is a museum. The photos below have been taken from the museum's website.
“The Cuban people have always respected [sic] famous writer’s choice to live in a modest town, amongst the people he fished with.”Hemingway’s boat Pilar at Finca Vigia. Pilar was a nickname for Pauline Hemingway.