We took a few minutes to talk to Patrick Shavloske, Director of Development and Legal Counsel for the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens about what he loves most about his job and working on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
What is your favorite thing about working with the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens?
Having such a wonderful green space amid the development and a truly incredible art collection just steps from the ocean. Even when work is incredibly busy, a whiff of ocean air makes the stress go away
People travel from all around the world to vacation on Fort Lauderdale Beach, where do you like to go considering it's literally right in your backyard?
I love having lunch on the second floor balcony at Casablanca Cafe and watching the waves come in. It's like being on vacation, only I can walk.
What tips would you give to those interested in visiting Bonnet House?
- Take our 9:30 tour; it’s generally less crowded and you’ll have a lot more one-on-one interaction with the tour guides.
- The 18th annual Young Artist Music Series hosted on our grounds runs January through April and combines South Florida's finest young musicians and balmy starlit nights for a truly unique experience.
- If you love gardening, the arts or birding, you will definitely want to bookmark our online calendar at www.BonnetHouse.org. We are continually adding new specialty tours, classes, lecture and artist series to enhance the Bonnet House experience.
- Consider becoming a member! Individual annual memberships start at just $55 and are a wonderful way to help preserve this rare example of Old South Florida while enjoying valuable recreation and entertainment opportunities for you and your family.
About the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Chicagoan Hugh Taylor Birch gave birth to the Bonnet House story in 1894 when he began to acquire hundreds of acres of undeveloped oceanfront land where he could grow fruit trees and other tropical flora. Son-in-law Frederic Bartlett’s eclectic design for a Caribbean-style plantation house then provided the canvas on which to display both the family’s extensive collections and Frederic’s whimsically painted decorations on walls, ceilings, and floors.
The history of Bonnet House also reflects more ancient times when not only aboriginal people camped here, but so did early Northern European explorers who predated even the Spanish conquistadors. Thus, the story of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens told here spans and parallels virtually all of American history and makes a visit both to these pages and to the estate a uniquely educational and entertaining experience.
Today, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens stewards the legacy of the Bartlett and Birch families by preserving their historic estate and providing programming that nurtures creative expression, delights the senses, educates, and honors the natural environment.
Bonnet House Museum
900 N. Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 563-5393