Florida House – Frequently Asked Questions
Who owns Florida House?
Florida House is owned by the people of Florida through a nonprofit foundation. The organization is managed by a Board of Trustees representing a cross section of business, cultural, and philanthropic leaders from across Florida. Florida House is a nonpartisan organization, enjoying collaboration and friendship from members of the Florida State Legislature, the Governor’s office and the Florida Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C. No state or federal tax dollars support the house or its operations.
How is Florida House maintained?
The operations and programs of Florida House are funded by individual contributions from fellow Floridians, corporate sponsors and the Board of Trustees. The house is also rented for special events, meetings and receptions.
Who founded Florida House?
Rhea Chiles, former Florida First Lady and wife of Senator and Governor Lawton Chiles founded Florida House in 1973. To learn more about Mrs. Chiles, read about the history of Florida House.
Do other states have an embassy?
Florida is the first, and only, state to have an “Embassy” in Washington. Other states have tried but have not met with success. Zoning regulations within the District of Columbia would now prohibit a facility like Florida House being established. We will serve the public as long as the generosity of Floridians support the mission.
How is Florida’s First Lady involved?
According to the bylaws, the spouse of the current Governor is invited to serve as Honorary Chairman. Currently First Lady Ann Scott provides active and enthusiastic support for Florida House goals and graciously works with its trustees and staff.
Who can visit Florida House?
Florida House is open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, and closed on all federal holidays. We are happy to welcome all Floridians and their guests to Florida’s embassy. Whether you are in the nation’s capital as a tourist, on business, or with a school group, ring the doorbell to enter an oasis from your busy day. If you are with a large group, please let us know in advance if you are stopping by so we have a glass of cold orange juice waiting for you.
What will I see from the windows at Florida House?
On the corner of East Capitol and Second Street Northeast, Florida House has an unparalleled view of the Capitol Dome, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. Lady Freedom on the top of the Capitol Dome is facing us.
What’s inside Florida House?
The 1891 renovated Victorian house retains many of its original elements, including the stained glass windows. Floridians donated many of the antiques, books, and art for the enjoyment of visitors. Come in and take a tour!