The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens (Illuminate Engineering)


The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens is a 35-acre historic home site originally constructed in 1921. In an effort to preserve this subject property, Illuminate Engineering is providing a solution to address water management and related structural concerns due to sea level rise. Our master plan provides a phased solution for the next hundred years that addresses these concerns. This plan is composed of four main design solutions, including improving and elevating the subject property’s parking, pathways, and satellite structures, along with implementing a sheet pile wall. All design efforts will seek to balance the competing interests of safety, authenticity, and permanence.

Community Benefit

The Bonnet House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been identified as a “Save America’s Treasures” site. It is a pillar of the community of Fort Lauderdale’s history and culture. Illuminate Engineering’s design will allow for the preservation and longevity of this site. Additionally, it will attract tourism which will in turn impact the community positively. This design is a pilot for future sea level rise concerns and solution to climate change effects.

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