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Small Island Cottage on Keewaydin Island by Architect Bert Brosmith

In the 1950’s architect Bert Brosmith designed this small island cottage just south of where I live.

It’s only accessible by boat and is very small.

Today the core of the building is standing strong but the cantilevered decks are unstable.

So the entire cottage is in need of a renovation. It was built in 1959 after all.

Because the cottage is only accessible by boat, the costs for renovating are triple or quadruple that of if it were accessible by vehicles.

It would be sad to see this structure get destroyed because I believe it to be a rich part of our area’s history.

Hart Cottage in Keewaydin Island Florida

Photo Credit: Marie Barnett

Inside you can open the large sliding windows and allow the breeze to come through.

The porch allows you to look over the waterway and the best thing about it is that it creates a connection and appreciation for the nature around us here in Southwest Florida.

Hart Cottage in Keewayden Island Florida

Here’s another shot of the house back when it was in better condition.

Hart Cottage in Keewayden Island Florida
This shot is from The Sarasota School of Architecture book by John Howey

Meanwhile I’ve been wondering how many other little structures are out there on this island?

Resources: http://www.news-press.com/article/20110115/LIFESTYLES/101150305/Collier-County-island-cottage-ailing

Photo Credit: Marie Barnett

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • August 22, 2011, 11:41 am

    hey – Alex. can you put my name by the photo credit? thanks- i look forward to networking with you soon!

  • August 22, 2011, 1:28 pm

    You got it Marie. Enjoy your week and talk to you soon!

  • Kevin Mclaughlin
    October 22, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Can you tell me the current status of the cottage? Is it for sale? Thank you,

  • October 25, 2011, 10:46 am

    As far as I know, Kevin, it is not for sale but I am sure it wouldn’t hurt to make an offer to the current owners. If you need help with who to contact let me know at [email protected] and I’ll help you


  • October 25, 2011, 11:34 am

    You can call John Remington at AVA builders. He is in touch with the owners. You can make inquiries there.

    • Kevin McLaughlin
      November 13, 2011, 6:20 pm

      Thank you

  • October 25, 2011, 2:27 pm

    Thanks, Marie! Hope you are well. Alex

  • Karen R
    January 23, 2015, 3:33 pm

    This needs to be saved!

  • Sheri
    January 24, 2015, 1:01 pm

    Is this cottage for sale?Any info on it would great. Thanks

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