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.
Every spring at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Florida House will present the Rhea Chiles Vision Award, sponsored by Florida Blue. It will be awarded to a Floridian who has given extraordinary service to Florida House, its mission, vitality, and stability; to someone whose involvement moved the embassy toward expansion, soundness or increased stature. Only Florida House Trustees may nominate for this award.
"The Million Dollar View"
painted by Mrs. Rhea Chiles
Award Recipients Include:
Emilie and Clay Shaw