Bonnet House really surprised me. It was a random little find (definitely obscure compared to the rest of the sights in Fort Lauderdale). I can’t even remember how I came across it, but I am so glad I did. It was one of the highlights of my trip.
A true artists home from top to bottom; I’ve never seen such a beautiful use of colour. The whole estate was very inviting. The tour guide who took us through was very knowledgeable and passionate. A tour is needed to venture through the grounds.
My palm leaf dress is old from Old Navy. Shoes are Anthropologie. Hat and basket bag are from Zara.
Just outside the estate, we waited for our tour to begin by these colourful doors. We had to hide from the hot Florida sun under some palms. Our taxi driver who dropped us off, had lived in Fort Lauderdale his whole life and had no idea the estate existed. Many people in the city don’t – which is a shame because it is meant to be enjoyed.
Inside Bonnet House
The courtyard in the centre of the home was extremely inviting. A lush oasis from the desert landscape just on the other side of the walls.
One of the many pieces highlighted on the tour.
An Artists Hideaway
This was the studio of Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett. His father-in-law gifted him and his wife this estate in 1919. 2020 is the hundredth anniversary of the home.
A Family Home
Unlike many estate homes, the rooms were all very casual and accessible. There weren’t the usual defined public versus private spaces.
These Portuguese tiles are extremely rare, like many of the art pieces in the home. They were saved from a home that was falling into the sea.
Many of the designs in the home reflect its proximity to the ocean.
Designed with Location in Mind
These porches and doorways are designed to bring those fresh sea breezes in through the halls. With the aid of fans, there is no need for central air.
The view out to the ocean.
Bonnet House & Gardens
This octagon was made to house the lady of the houses shell and plant collection. Inside, you can view her exquisite greenhouse.
Visit Bonnet House
Bonnet House & Gardens is a must-see if you’re ever in Fort Lauderdale. It’s worth the track even from Miami. The home is entrusted to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. To read more about the history of the family and the Bonnet House estate, click here. To read more of my Florida blog posts, click here.
I visited the Bonnet House pre-covid back in 2019, so I just wanted to share the photos I had in my collection. There is a lot of detail on the Estate’s website and I didn’t want to take away from their telling of the history. I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful home.