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Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

900 North Birch Road
954-563-5393

History:

Bonnet House’s modern history began when Birch gave the Bonnet House property as a wedding gift to his daughter Helen and her husband, Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett in 1919. The newlyweds began construction of Bonnet House in 1920, eager for a winter retreat where Frederic could pursue his artwork and Helen could compose music and poetry. Tragedy struck in 1925 when Helen died from breast cancer. Frederic’s visits to Bonnet House then became sporadic until 1931 when he married Evelyn Fortune Lilly. With this marriage, a renaissance occurred on the site as Frederic and Evelyn entered a prolific period of embellishing Bonnet House with the decorative elements that delight visitors to this day.

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1984 and declared a historic landmark by the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2002.In 2004, the National Trust for Historic Preservation included Bonnet House in its Save America’s Treasures program. Due to the threat posed by inappropriately massive nearby development, the National Trust and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation designated listed Bonnet House as one of America’s 11 most endangered sites in 2008.



Reviews

Elisa Dunn

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Saturday, July 7, 2018
For American Art History buffs this is a great stop! The place is well looked after with knowledge staff. Definitely consider the weather before you go. The only reason I didn't love it more is because you can only see the first floor of the house. I like to see whole thing to imagine how it might have been lived in but unfortunately the second floor is not available for tours. But, the grounds are beautiful and despite being next to A1A it does seem like a world apart.

stephanie wilcox

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The Bonnet House tour was great! The grounds are beautiful and the history of the artwork, structure and the family was interesting. We had an awesome tour guide and he shared a lot of information beyond the script. We live in Fort Lauderdale and go to Hugh Tyler Park a lot and we always forget to go across to the Bonnet House. It is definitely worth checking out and bringing out of town guests. I wish we saw one of the last two monkeys that live on the grounds. We saw some beautiful birds, iguanas and a swan. The gift shop also has really nice items. Nothing cheesy or touristy. I will shop there to get unique gifts for family and friends. Overall we had a great time!

Edwin Marchan

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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Superb house and grounds, glad that the family preserved this portion as a legacy to humankind, the house has its history and it's easy to imagine what it just if been like back then, a truly hidden gem in the midst of all the hoopla around the malls and beaches. The art still on premise is amazing, I honestly think she was a greater artist than him;-)

Christine Crawford

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Friday, June 22, 2018
Grounds and house were lovely and its history so interesting, but tour guide spent too much time on personal observations of things. I probably won't return if I had to do that again. I generally don't like tours anyways, but this one was especially taxing. You can't see the house without a tour.

Zaira Franco

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Saturday, April 28, 2018
If you’re in the area, THIS IS A MUST SEE! Full of art, nature and abundant history. The staff is great, knowledgeable, and very helpful. Our tour guide was John - he gave us a marvelous tour through the house with lots of great information. Thank you, John!! We left inspired by everything we saw. Will be back for sure!

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