Hemingway curator: Historic house is safest place to be

Posted at 5:19 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 17:19:21-04

KEY WEST, FL (CNN) - Hemingway's cats are facing Hurricane Irma head-on. They've got a pretty sweet hiding spot, too.

David Gonzalez, curator of the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum, said the legendary structure is about as hurricane-proof as it gets.

"This is a national, historic landmark - it is the rock of the island," Gonzalez said. "It's built out of 18-inch blocks of limestone. This is the safest place to be. We're also located 18 feet above sea level, one of the highest points in the Keys."

The cats are a popular tourist attraction because of a genetic abnormality, known as polydactyly, that gives them extra toes.

Gonzalez told the Houston Chronicle that staff members will be on-hand to care for the site and the animals, and that the facility has never lost a cat to a hurricane.

Of course, no hurricane in the Atlantic region has been as strong as strong as Irma, so "Papa's House" will get its toughest test yet.

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