The Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Our cruise finished back in Fort Lauderdale and our flight home was scheduled that night.  The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale was a great place to spend an afternoon.

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The Bonnet house was named for the bonnet lily that grows here.  The house was designed by Frederic Bartlett, an artist and collector from Chicago.  It is his interpretation of a Caribbean-style plantation house.  He began building the estate in 1920 and continued the work for 20 years.  

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The house is built around a large courtyard with the rooms opening onto covered walkways and porches.

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The grounds around the house are part of the barrier island ecosystem.

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Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett collected lots of whimsical art.

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These carousel animals hug the walls of the loggia.

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Evelyn Bartlett had a collection of several hundred orchid plants.  Some of the original specimens are decades old.

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DSC06500 C (600x450)  It’s a very peaceful place, a lovely estate surrounded by a forest in the middle of Fort Lauderdale.

For more info and a pretty video of the Bonnet House visit their website.

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Gracia's Travels is a photo blog. I always take too many pictures on trips so I justify my compulsion with this blog! The blog is mostly photos - they tell the best part of the story. Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photos.
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2 Responses to The Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, FL

  1. Janet Freeman says:

    What a beautiful place; house, grounds and greenhouse. Very unusual plants and trees for a westerner like me. Thank you Gracia.

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