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Fort Zachary Taylor

Key West, Florida
County of Monroe.
U.S. Naval Station
National Register Number: 71000244
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Defense - fortification. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: FL-20 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: State park..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 31, 1973):
The fort was a strong Union outpost in the South throughout the Civil War and provided a defense for the Key West naval station during the Spanish-American War (1898).

Fort Taylor experiences the effect of expanding metals as well as brick and mortar deterioration.

A master management plan written for Fort Zachary Taylor in 2006 estimated that the stabilization and preservation of the resource will cost $18 million. Of particular concern is the 19th century masonry barracks section, which is deteriorated to the point where its structural integrity is in question. This is a result of the expansion of metallic components as well as brick and mortar deterioration. $750,000 was allotted for stabilization in FY2007, and the project was begun in 2008. These rehabilitation efforts will focus on masonry repointing and the stabilization of the roof. Despite being ranked number 15 in the Florida Division of Historic Resources Special Category Grant ranking, no additional funding was awarded in FY2008. Fort Taylor will retain this ranking until further funding is granted, at which time $350,000 should be awarded.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
A rehabilitation project is underway on the barracks building. Begun in March 2008, the project calls for masonry repointing and stabilization of the roof.

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