Bonnet House
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. The property was originally acquired by Hugh Taylor Birch in 1895, 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 her death in 1997. She deeded the property to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation in 1983, which maintains the property as a historic house museum. 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.

References and external links
  • Broward County listings at National Register of Historic Places
  • Florida's Office of Cultural and Historical Programs
    • Broward County listings
    • Bonnet House
    • Great Floridians of Fort Lauderdale


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