Florida House - One of Rhea’s many accomplishments was the vision of a state embassy in Washington D.C., “Florida House”. In 1972, Rhea walked by a dilapidated house on East Capitol Street and her dream began. She put down $5,000 and raised the money to repair the old home into Florida’s Embassy in Washington. Florida is the only state to have an embassy. It is non-partisan and receives no federal or state funding. The original intent was for Florida visitors to have a place to stop and rest their weary feet, grab a glass of OJ, and receive assistance with their Washington D.C. sightseeing plans. It has evolved into so much more and we encourage you to visit the website: www.floridaembassy.com, to learn more.
Rhea Chiles, wife of U.S. Senator and Governor Lawton Chiles, was a grand Floridian in her own right. Many are unaware that Rhea was an accomplished painter. In the 1960’s, Rhea painted an "1840 Old Florida Map”, for longtime friend Judge Richard Bronson to hang in his chambers. In her honor, the 1840 Old Florida Map is being reproduced to benefit Florida House (see below). The giclee reproductions come in two sizes and are beautiful either gallery wrapped or framed. The maps are a striking piece of art for your home, beach or mountain house, or business office.