Historic Property Stewardship
One of the three main drivers of our mission is our role as stewards for historic properties throughout the state
Florida Trust House
In 2005 the Florida Trust restored the Hays-Hood House, a historic home built in 1910 in the Magnolia Heights National Register District in Tallahassee. The Florida Trust House is the headquarters of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and a community resource showcasing our belief that historic preservation works best when what is preserved is used for the good of the community. Learn more.
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is owned by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, is a designated Ft. Lauderdale Landmark, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Frederic Clay Bartlett, a respected artist and self-taught architect, designed the main house as his interpretation of Carribean plantation-style architecture. It is one of only a handful of house museums in the state of Florida to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Mission of the Bonnet House is to preserve, interpret and share the unique and eclectic historical legacy – artistic, architectural and environmental – of the Bartlett and Birch families, inspiring in our diverse audiences an appreciation for creative expression, historic preservation and natural conservation, while enhancing the educational, cultural and economic growth of the community.
The Bonnet House is widely recognized by diverse local communities, educational groups and area visitors as an important environmental, historic and artistic resource. Learn more: Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.
Historic Preservation Easements
Conservation easements protect buildings and associated land areas from demolition or alteration which would damage their historic and architectural integrity. Owners can secure the preservation of their properties by donating a historic preservation conservation easement to the Florida Trust, which then acts as a steward of these rights.
The Florida Trust exercises its stewardship by ensuring the preservation of significant elements of the exterior, and at times, the interior of a building. An owner retains title and can sell, will, or live on the property. Alterations are permitted; however, they must meet preservation standards and be reviewed by the Florida Trust prior to initiation of work as per the easement agreement.