DeFuniak Springs Lakeside Building now Florida Chautauqua Headquarters

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 05:16 PM.

Florida Chautauqua Center leaders say they plan to restore and preserve many elements of the old hospital. 

“We don’t plan to tear out hospital room walls or rip out some of the antique medical elements which give the old hospital such character,” said Ray.  “We want to celebrate our community’s past by preserving the historical integrity of this interesting building while promoting the history of the Florida Chautauqua.  We see this acquisition as a win-win for our community and those who will be leading us into the future with increased tourism and educational growth.”

Florida Chautauqua officials say they will lean on the community for help with contributions of furniture, refrigerators, stoves and other amenities which will make the building useful for meetings, seminars and other educational programming. 

“We can use all of the help we can get,” said Mitchell.  “We need volunteers, cleanup crews, Christmas decorations, just to name a few things we really need.”



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