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Not Many People Know About This Incredibly Unique House In Florida

Home is where the heart is, and a lot of people spend endless hours making their homes reflect their personal tastes. Homes in Florida have a long tradition of their own trends and styles unlike anywhere else in the country. A truly incredible example of this is the Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale.

The owners were artists who spent decades, beginning in the 1930s, creating a Caribbean plantation-style house. Its elegant architecture is covered in bright blues and yellows that complement the subtropical oasis.

The 35-acre grounds actually contain several different ecosystems and the area is one of the last examples of a natural barrier island in the region.

Highlights of the home include orchids that hang throughout, as well as an orchid showroom with a collection that rotates according to the season. The owners, Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett also had a great love of animals, which is reflected in their art, furnishings, and actual animals that fill the estate. Squirrel monkeys roam freely, and two swans, a pair of parrots, and a cockatiel live on site.

The photos below give just a glimpse of what you’ll find on a tour of this historic home. Few places combine so many different interests. If you love art, animals, history, orchids, architecture or interior design, you should definitely check out the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.

Have you ever visited the Bonnet House? What are your favorite historic or artistic sites in Florida?

Victoria W
Victoria is a staff writer for OIYS.