Tall Timbers Receives Grant Funding for Dixie House Restoration Project

The Florida Legislature appropriated $500,000 for FY2020 to restore and rehabilitate the historic Dixie House. The grant was awarded under the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources’ Special Category Grant program, with the guidance of the Florida Historical Commission. Some 54 projects competed for grant funds, and 19 received funding. The Dixie House was ranked 6th. Other area projects that received funding include Christ Episcopal Church (Monticello), Gretna Common School (Gretna), and the Hays-Hood House (Tallahassee).

This grant will complete all the interior work at the Dixie House, including painting, restoring paneled rooms, plumbing, asbestos and lead paint abatement, and addressing life safety issues. It was originally built in 1938 as a private residence designed by acclaimed architect John Russell Pope, who also designed the Jefferson Memorial, National Archives, and National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The 14,200-square-foot Dixie House will open for public use, and it will provide overnight accommodations for visiting scientists, students and other Tall Timbers guests. The house will host scientific and land management seminars, training workshops, and it will be available for community cultural events and civic organization fundraisers.

The project is slated to be completed in 2020.

Tour of Dixie with American Friends of Attingham, March 2019

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