Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Built in 1847, this home was originally built for attorney Simon Towle, a member of the Whig Party, who served as mayor of Tallahassee and as state comptroller. A cotton planter named Richard Whitaker bought the house in 1854 and expanded it to include the second story and the columned front porch. Ownership changed several times during the 20th century and one of the owners reportedly found Confederate money in the ceiling. In 1976, the building was renovated to house the Florida Democratic Party Executive Committee as their headquarters until 2002. It was then purchased by a local law firm and carefully restored. Their offices are still located in the house.