Continue your journey around the courtyard. The courtyard’s coral stone pavers exemplify Frederic’s adaptation of locally produced materials to create his artistic vision.
The courtyard also serves as an art gallery. The Nymphenglade paintings, framed in yellow, were removed from the coffered panels in the ceiling of the Bartletts’ weekend retreat in Davie, Florida. Those on view are reproductions. This helps in the preservation of the originals that are in climate-controlled storage.
The small courtyard seen through the yellow iron window guards was a quiet citrus garden where the Rangpur limes were grown for the famous Bonnet House cocktail.
The Aviary is a functional sculpture. Note the vivid colors and quatrefoil cutouts on the side, which derive from medieval Gothic architecture which Frederic admired. He built it as a gift to his wife Evelyn for her pet birds.
Frederic’s aesthetic sensibilities lead him to incorporate decorative items to the house such as: cast iron from New Orleans around the second floor; obelisks outside the front door; the cow-fish over the front door, and over the south west entrance gate; and shells found through the house. He applied his artistic skills to create decorative paintings and murals.
Your next stop will be the Butler’s Pantry.