Sunday, August 2, 2015

Not a Hat

Florida - Bonnet House Drawing Room, Ft. Lauderdale

Florida - Bonnet House Music Room, Ft. Lauderdale

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 43
Notes: Bonnet House, also known as the Bartlett Estate, was not named for the headwear.  It was actually named for a type of water lily.  The property in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was purchased in 1895 by a Chicago lawyer named Hugh Taylor Birch.  Birch gifted the property to his daughter, Helen, and her new husband, Frederic Clay Bartlett, in 1919.  The Bartletts built a plantation-style home where they spent their winters.  Helen died in 1925, and Frederic later married Evelyn Fortune Lilly, ex-wife of Eli Lilly.  They continued to spend their winters at Bonnet House.  Bartlett died in 1953, but Evelyn lived until1997.  Upon her death, the home was turned over to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.  It is now a historic house museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it was used as the finish line for the seventh season of The Amazing Race.  

The top card shows the drawing room, and the bottom card shows the music room.


wassamatta_u said...

You could sort of call it a... wait for it....

"chapeau chateau".

You're welcome.

Kristin aka Trekkie Gal said...

Where were you when I was trying to come up with a title for this darn post?????

wassamatta_u said...

Probably sitting around, waiting for another Geekly Observer post to show up.