Drawing Room

Drawing Room

The Drawing Room is a faux fantasy. Frederic was adaptive in reuse of collected items to create a one-of-a-kind setting. The ceiling is mahogany, with Dade County Pine surrounding it. The Ojus tile on the floor was made in the town of Ojus which is just south of Fort Lauderdale. The columns are from a Miami antique shop and were cut in half to follow through on Frederic's symmetrical theme. Frederic was a skilled craftsman as well as an artist. The cabinet and bookshelves incorporate 18th century Italian doors.


The large paintings are by Frederic. The one over the fireplace shows the swans that lived at Bonnet House. The painting to the left of the door is of his son Clay. The painting to the right of the door is of Jeff Lockett, Hugh Taylor Birch’s estate manager. For their time the families at Bonnet House were progressive in their views on race relations. Many of their staff were African-Americans who both lived and worked on the property. Staff were allowed to enjoy the 700 feet of beach, which is still owned by Bonnet House, without the chance of arrest since the majority of Fort Lauderdale’s beach was segregated. 


Exit the Drawing Room and continue past the lion and tiger menagerie animals to the Music Room.