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Background Information

Employment History

President and Chief Executive Officer

The Florida House Foundation


Intern

The Florida House


Affiliations

The Florida House Foundation

Board Member


The Florida House

Founder


Web References(39 Total References)


Site Map

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Rhea Chiles
History of Florida House Rhea Chiles (Mrs. Lawton Chiles), Holmes Beach Rhea Chiles In the late 60s, Lawton and Rhea Chiles were visiting Washington D.C. on vacation with their young children. The idea, however, intrigued Mrs. Chiles. During their first year in Washington, Rhea Chiles was walking by 200 East Capitol Street. At the time, the neighborhood was unsafe and the properties were unsightly. For these reasons, most people did not come east of the Capitol. Mrs. Chiles found the house in total disrepair - almost to the point of needing demolition. The second floor had caved in and the windows were boarded up. Homeless people were living in the basement. There was a For Sale sign on the property. Mrs. Chiles remembered her child's comment about "Florida's Embassy. Mrs. Chiles preferred the sound of Number One Second Street over the original address of 200 East Capitol Street. She boarded up the front entrance and opened the back door as the formal entrance. When the community became accustomed to the new address, she reopened the "front" door, and it goes into the garden. The location of the house is certainly remarkable. We share the four corners of East Capitol Street and Second Street, NE, with the Supreme Court, the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, and the Folger Shakespeare Museum. Mrs. Rhea Chiles became the principal innovator and founder of Florida House in 1972. She had a dream of creating an embassy for Floridians in Washington, D.C., offering a hospitable respite for weary travelers. She supervised the historic restoration of the 100-year-old Manning House that came to be Florida House. She presently serves as Chairman Emeritus to the only state embassy in the nation. Rhea partnered with her husband, Lawton Chiles, during his 55 years of public service. Rhea served as the president and CEO of Florida House from 1973 until 1988. Rhea is also a practicing artist. Her watercolor called Window to Washington, depicting the beautiful view of the Capitol from the house's upstairs window, is the artistic signature of Florida House.


Manatee Diagnostic Center - Davis Graham

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The Florida House was started by Rhea Chiles, Senator Chiles wife in 1972.
It is an Embassy of sorts for Floridians who are visiting our Nation’s Capital. In October 1986 I was offered the Director’s position, and worked for 7 years for Mrs. Chiles.


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In April of 1986, I was hired by Rhea Chiles, as an intern for the Florida House, Inc. in Washington, D.C. In October that same year I became the Director and worked for the Florida House and the 50 board members for seven years.
The Florida House was started by Rhea Chiles, Senator Chiles wife in 1972. It is an Embassy of sorts for Floridians who are visiting our Nation's Capital. In October 1986 I was offered the Director's position, and worked for 7 years for Mrs. Chiles.


Site Map

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Rhea Chiles
History of Florida House Rhea Chiles, innovator, founder of Florida House and a woman of extraordinary vision, created the nation's first and only state embassy. She had a dream of a gracious and hospitable place that would serve Floridians in Washington, D.C. She was told it wouldn't work, but on October 26, 1973, Florida House opened its doors to families, individuals, schools, civic clubs, corporations, churches and youth groups. The Embassy has been an oasis for Floridian's ever since. painted by Mrs. Rhea Chiles The first inductee, Rhea Chiles, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, was presented with the inaugural Louise Lykes Ferguson Medal in November, 2003, in honor of her contribution, commitment and passion for Florida House. 2003 Rhea Chiles Mrs. Louise Ferguson and Rhea Chiles, the first Rhea Chiles Rhea Chiles Rhea Chiles, Founder, Chairman Emeritus The first inductee, Rhea Chiles, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, was presented with the inaugural Louise Lykes Ferguson Medal in November, 2003, in honor of her contribution, commitment and passion for Florida House. Rhea Chiles, innovator, founder of Florida House and a woman of extraordinary vision, created the nation’s first and only state embassy.  She had a dream of a gracious and hospitable place that would serve Floridians in Washington, D.C.  She was told it wouldn’t work, but on October 26, 1973, Florida House opened its doors to families, individuals, schools, civic clubs, corporations, churches and youth groups.  The Embassy has been an oasis for Floridian’s ever since. In the late 1960's Lawton and Rhea Chiles were visiting Washington, DC with their young children. hey got lost and found themselves on Embassy Row.One of the children said, "Let's go to Florida's embassy and they will tell us how to find our way."Mrs. Chiles explained that states didn't have embassies, only foreign countries did. he idea of an embassy, however, intrigued her. Lawton Chiles was first elected to the Senate in 1972. e served for 18 years. uring their first year in Washington, Mrs. Chiles was walking by 200 East Capitol Street. Mrs. Chiles remembered her child's comment about "Florida's Embassy"� and with that as her vision, she arranged the purchase of the property. he raised money from across the state from Floridians, some of whom she did not know.Florida House was purchased for $125,000. Mrs. Chiles operated Florida House on a shoestring for the first ten years. portrait of Mrs. Chiles by Jacksonville artist Jean Warner Troemel hangs in the foyer. Chiles donated his plate to Florida House as it compliments the Limoges china. hese prints hung in Senator Chiles' office in Washington for 18 years and in Governor Chiles' office in Florida for eight years. n 1998, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Florida House, Governor and Mrs. Chiles gave the prints to Florida House. It is the vision of Rhea Chiles that created and has sustained the house for these many years. he now serves as the Chairman Emeritus of Florida House and is still active on the Board.


Board History & Responsibility

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Rhea Chiles
History of Florida House Rhea Chiles Rhea Chiles, Founder, Chairman Emeritus Rhea Chiles


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