Dr. Joseph Y. Porter House

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Dr. Joseph Y. Porter House
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Front of the Porter House
Dr. Joseph Y. Porter House is located in Florida
Dr. Joseph Y. Porter House
Dr. Joseph Y. Porter House is located in the US
Dr. Joseph Y. Porter House
Location Key West, Florida
Coordinates 24°33′26″N 81°48′17″W / 24.55722°N 81.80472°W / 24.55722; -81.80472Coordinates: 24°33′26″N 81°48′17″W / 24.55722°N 81.80472°W / 24.55722; -81.80472
Architectural style Late Victorian
NRHP reference # 73000588[1]
Added to NRHP June 4, 1973

The Dr. Joseph Y. Porter House is a historic home in Key West, Florida. It is located at 429 Caroline Street. On June 4, 1973, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The original construction was built in 1838 by Judge James Webb,[2] the first Federal Judge of the Southern District of the Florida Territory.[3] Webb introduced influential legislation regulating salvage, which helped establish wrecking as a legitimate legal business in Florida.[3]

The house is best known as the lifelong home of Dr. Joseph Yates Porter Jr.[4] His father bought the property in 1845.[2] Porter lived in the home for 80 years, dying in the same room he was born.[4] He was Key West’s first native-born physician and Florida’s first Public Health Officer from 1889-1917.[2] He was instrumental in controlling yellow fever, reforming sanitation and quarantine practices, and initiating health legislation.[4] Porter was among the first physicians to recognize yellow fever as transmissible by mosquitoes.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Survey, Historic American Buildings. "Webb-Porter House, 429 Caroline Street, Key West, Monroe County, FL". loc.gov. Retrieved 2018-03-16. 
  3. ^ a b "James Webb (1792-1856) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2018-03-16. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Marker Details - Key West Historic Markers Project". www.keywesthistoricmarkertour.org. Retrieved 2018-03-16. 

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