Bonnet House

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Bonnet House
Gate to Bonnet House grounds
Bonnet House is located in Florida
Bonnet House
Bonnet House is located in the US
Bonnet House
Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Coordinates 26°8′7″N 80°6′20″W / 26.13528°N 80.10556°W / 26.13528; -80.10556Coordinates: 26°8′7″N 80°6′20″W / 26.13528°N 80.10556°W / 26.13528; -80.10556
NRHP Reference # 84000832[1]
Added to NRHP July 5, 1984

The Bonnet House (also known as the Bartlett Estate) is a historic home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. It is located at 900 Birch Road. On July 5, 1984, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is named after the Bonnet Lily.[2]

The property was originally acquired in 1895 by Hugh Taylor Birch, a successful Chicago lawyer, and given to his daughter Helen and her husband, artist Frederic Clay Bartlett, as a wedding gift in 1919. Bartlett built a plantation-style home on the property and wintered there with his wife and child from a previous marriage, Frederic Jr, until Helen died in 1925. Bartlett then married Evelyn Fortune Lilly, ex-wife of Eli Lilly, and they continued to use the home as a winter residence until his death in 1953 and hers in 1997. She deeded the property in 1983 to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, which maintains the property as a historic house museum called the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.[3]

Bartlett's sister, Maie Bartlett Heard, founded the Heard Museum in Phoenix with her husband Dwight B. Heard.

This place served as the finish line for the seventh season of the hit CBS reality show The Amazing Race.

In May 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the building on their list of America's Most Endangered Places.[4]


Bonnet House [5]
Entrance of the Bonnet House. 
Different view of the front of the house. 
Inside the main house of the estate 
View from a different angle of the Bonnet House. 
Some of the buildings located within the grounds of the Bartlett Estate. 
More buildings in the grounds of the Bartlett Estate. 
Fort Lauderdale's first Theater, the "Island Theater", located in the grounds of the Bartlett Estate. 


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