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Bunnell in Flagler County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Holden House

 
 
Holden House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2011
1. Holden House Marker
Inscription.
The Holden House was designed and built in 1918 by Sam Bortree (1859–1918) as a gift for his daughter, Ethel (1892–1977), and son-in-law, Thomas Holden (1892–1974). Holden was the town pharmacist and prominent in business, civic and political affairs. A unique feature on the house is the broken apothecary glass Holden used from his pharmacy as decoration on the gables. This home is among the more elaborate examples of the Craftsman bungalow style, featuring coquina, a shell and stone mixture quarried in this region. The Holden House is associated with I. I. Moody (1874–1918) and the Bunnell Development Company, the principal forces behind the first significant settlement and development of Bunnell. The Bunnell Development Company platted the town in 1909. Two years later, the Florida Legislature incorporated Bunnell as a town. Holden’s family retained ownership of the property until Flagler County purchased it in 1978. Except for the addition of a sunroom on the east side of the house in 1947, and the replacement of sash windows, the house retains its original features.
A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2004 by Flager County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-528.)
 
Location.
Holden House (<i>front view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2011
2. Holden House (front view)
The Holden House is now a museum, operated by the Flager County Historical Society, as well as permanent home of the Historical Society.
29° 28.001′ N, 81° 15.423′ W. Marker is in Bunnell, Florida, in Flagler County. Marker is on State Road 100 0.1 miles east of U.S. 1, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell FL 32110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lehigh Trail (approx. 6.4 miles away); Bulow Sugar Mill (approx. 7.3 miles away); Palm Coast, Florida (approx. 7.8 miles away); Levitt & I.T.T. 'De Bary' Model (approx. 7.9 miles away); Ormond Tomb (approx. 9.4 miles away); Mala Compra Plantation Historic Site (approx. 10.8 miles away); Washington Oaks Gardens (approx. 11.7 miles away); King's Road (approx. 11.8 miles away).
 
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1. Holden House Renovation.
Built of coquina and stone quarried from Flagler grounds, Holden House was the wedding gift of Samuel Bortree to his daughter Ethel when she married pharmacist Thom Holden Jr. in 1918. His son-in-law’s small pharma was no help though: Bortree was among the 675,000 Americans felled by the flu epidemic of 1918-19. The couple raised two daughters and lived there until the disco era. (Tom died in 1974, Ethel in 1977). Aside from a sunroom built in 1947, the house is pretty much what it was in 1918, when it was built just nine years after the Bunnell Development Company platted the area
Holden House (<i>front porch</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2011
3. Holden House (front porch)
and seven years after Bunnell was incorporated. (Submitted on April 9, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Flagler County Historical Society - Holden House.
The kitchen is much the same except for the addition of a modern stove and refrigerator. The room off the kitchen was originally used as Mrs. Holden's sewing room and a play room for the children. The bathroom downstairs was added in later years. Upstairs, the house, when built, had one of the few indoor bathrooms in Bunnell and it boasted a tiled floor using the small hexagon shaped tiles such as the design used in the Holden Drugstore. The bedroom on the west side upstairs was Tommie’s bedroom and the room at the north side upstairs was Altajane’s bedroom. The upstairs front room was the Holden's bedroom and opened to a screened porch (Submitted on April 9, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Holden House (<i>gable</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2011
4. Holden House (gable)
Broken apothecary glass Holden used from his pharmacy as decoration on the gables.
Holden House (<i>gable detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2011
5. Holden House (gable detail)
Broken apothecary glass Holden used from his pharmacy as decoration on the gables.
Holden House (<i>sunroom</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2011
6. Holden House (sunroom)
Sunroom added on the east side of the house in 1947.
Holden House (<i>corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2011
7. Holden House (corner view)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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