Bonnet House on Florida’s Most Endangered Historic Site List
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation—the leading advocacy group for the preservation of Florida’s historic sites—has kept Bonnet House Museum & Gardens on its list of the state’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites for the third straight year. The Trust took this step due to the continued threat to Bonnet House posed by the possibility of nearby intense and intrusive development.
The Trust first named Bonnet House to the list in 2008 after the Fort Lauderdale City Commission narrowly approved the construction of a large hotel in Bonnet House’s historically sensitive southern view corridor. “While development to the south has been temporarily abated by the credit crisis, the historic integrity of Bonnet House could still be jeopardized by future projects that are disproportionately large, intrusive, and would overwhelm the character of this very special place. We are grateful that the Florida Trust is remaining vigilant in its advocacy for our long term well-being,” said Bonnet House CEO Karen Beard.
Built over a period of years in the 1920s, Bonnet House was the winter home of artists Frederic Clay Bartlett and Evelyn Fortune Bartlett. The home is situated on a coastal barrier island that is the focal point of a 35-acre oasis of natural coastal habitat. The estate has the distinction of being the only home and studio of two American artists with original furnishings that is open to the public. Bonnet House offers educational programming for adults and children, public tours, an annual orchid fair, provides exhibition opportunities for artists, and presents a well-received outdoor concert series.
Bonnet House is located one block south of Sunrise Blvd. between Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd., (A1A) and the Intracoastal Waterway at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Bonnet House is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 11am–4pm. Admission prices are $20 for individuals, $18 for senior citizens, $16 for children ages 6 – 12 and $10 for the grounds only. Group tours are also available at a discounted price. For more information, call (or visit the estate’s website, www.bonnethouse.org.
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