Outside Front Door

Outside Front Door

Welcome to Bonnet House! The history of Bonnet House grew from the dreams of two Chicagoans – Hugh Taylor Birch and Frederic Bartlett.


The World’s Colombian Exposition of 1893—sometimes known as the Chicago World’s Fair—featured a “Rolling Florida Exhibition,” and this inspired Mr. Birch to visit Florida with thoughts of purchasing some land for a retreat.


Frederic on the other hand was inspired by the art and decided to study in Germany at the Royal Academy of Art in Munich.


Years later the lives of these two men came together as Frederic married Birch’s daughter, Helen, and Birch gave the newlyweds a house lot to build what is today Bonnet House.