Restored cigar-makers’ cottages and gingerbread-trimmed Victorian mansions stand side by side on Key West’s narrow streets, creating an intriguing architectural fusion in the historic Old Town district.

Visitors can explore houses exemplifying that architectural heritage — and contemporary island design — during weekend house and garden tours set for January, February and March 2013.

Tours are planned Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, Feb. 15-16 and March 15-16. Each is to showcase multiple homes, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements their architecture and adds a unique Key West flavor.

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