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.
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.
The house is built around a large courtyard with the rooms opening onto covered walkways and porches.
The grounds around the house are part of the barrier island ecosystem.
Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett collected lots of whimsical art.
These carousel animals hug the walls of the loggia.
Evelyn Bartlett had a collection of several hundred orchid plants. Some of the original specimens are decades old.
For more info and a pretty video of the Bonnet House visit their website. http://www.bonnethouse.org/