Bunnell in Flagler County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
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.
Erected 2004 by Flager County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-528.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1918.
Location. 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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell FL 32110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dean Doll House (within shouting distance of this marker); Tribute to Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); Bunnell Water Tower (approx. 0.8 miles away); Our Heroes (approx. 0.8 miles away); Moody Homestead Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); Moody Oak (Southern Live Oak) (approx. 1.7 miles away); Old Brick Road (approx. 1.7 miles away); Operation Desert Storm (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bunnell.
Also see . . . 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 (Submitted on April 9, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 760 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 9, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.