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.)
Location. Touch 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 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Operation Desert Storm (approx. 3 miles away); Invisible Wounds Memorial (approx. 6.1 miles away); City of Palm Coast September 11 Memorial (approx. 6.1 miles away); City of Palm Coast Military Memorial (approx. 6.1 miles away); Memorial Tree (approx. 6.1 miles away); Tree of Remembrance (approx. 6.1 miles away); “All Gave Some, Some Gave All” (approx. 6.1 miles away); Lehigh Trail (approx. 6.4 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 (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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 13 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.