Bonnet House, an iconic, historic home on Fort Lauderdale Beach, was the winter home of artists Frederic Clay Bartlett and Evelyn Fortune Bartlett. The estate encompasses 35 acres of native coastline just south of Sunrise Boulevard. Frederic Bartlett built the home over a period of years in the 1920s using Caribbean plantation-style architecture as his inspiration. He and Evelyn spent their winters at the estate until his death in 1953. Thereafter, Evelyn continued to return each winter. In 1983, Evelyn deeded the estate to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. Evelyn died in 1997 at the age of 109. Before her death, the house was open for public tour on a seasonal basis. Since then, the home has welcomed visitors year-round.
Bonnet House interprets life in Fort Lauderdale as it was in the 1930s and 1940s and has the distinction of being the only home of two American artists with original furnishings that is open to the public. In addition to being open for public tour, Bonnet House hosts an annual series of outdoor concerts, provides exhibition opportunities for artists, is the site of an increasingly popular annual orchid festival, and displays examples of the artwork of both Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett. Total annual visitation exceeds 70,000.
At a glance
- Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is an extraordinary blend of art, architecture, history, and ecology.
- Accredited by the American Association of Museums, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Ft. Lauderdale landmark.
- Designed by Frederic Clay Bartlett, noted painter and art collector, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is recognized as one of the few complete homes and studios of an American artist. This 35-acre subtropical estate and historic house museum was built in 1920 and was the winter retreat of the Birch/Bartlett family.
- Filled with a delightful collection of art and personal treasures, the Main House exudes a sense of charm, whimsy and gracious living. The surrounding grounds of the estate remain a virtual oasis of coastal wilderness and informal gardens, nestled amid the commercial development of the Fort Lauderdale beachfront.
- Bonnet House Museum & Gardens has survived with remarkable authenticity – reflecting the creative lifestyle of its artist owners and preserving the natural setting of Old South Florida.
Beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida Wedding Venue
Spanning 35 acres, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens offers a variety of exquisite settings for events of any size, each uniquely beautiful in its own way. Whether you are planning a close and intimate gathering or a grand and lavish affair, Bonnet House sets the scene for romance and timeless memories.
Bonnet House is an outdoor, garden setting available for rentals. Guests have the exclusive use of the tree lined alee/dry fountain, veranda lawn, hibiscus garden and inner courtyard. Bonnet House’s rental fee is for the venue only, although the estate works with many pre-approved caterers and vendors to suit every budget and design goal.
For more information or to set up an appointment for your wedding event, please call (954) 703-2608.