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Lawton Chiles International House (Stone House)

Fogarty's Stone House front entrance 

The Fogarty International Center's Stone
House is the site of many seminars and
international conferences, as well as receptions
for dignitaries and visiting heads of state.

Stone House front door 

The Lawton Chiles International House (Building 16), known as the Stone House, is a part of the Fogarty International Center, and symbolizes the commitment of the National Institutes of Health to international cooperation to improve the health of people worldwide. The house serves as the venue for many international events in biomedical research and global health from small seminars to international conferences, as well as receptions for visiting heads of state and other dignitaries. The main floor of the house consists of a conference room, dining room, drawing room, library and kitchen.

Named for former Senator Lawton Chiles, a member of Congress from Florida from 1971 to 1989, the Lawton Chiles International House is part of Fogarty International Center. It is also the base for Fogarty's Scholars-in-Residence Program, under which eminent U.S. and foreign scientists are invited to the NIH campus to interact with the scientific community and to conduct advanced studies on topics of biomedicine and international health.

For information about availability and reservations, please contact:

FIC Stone House Scheduler
Email: FICStoneHouseScheduler@nih.gov
Phone: 301-496-1213

Description of Conference Facilities

  • Conference Room: The conference room will accommodate a maximum of 75 people depending on the configuration of the room. The conference room can be arranged theatre style, classroom style, U-shaped, or other table arrangements.
  • Library: The Library can accommodate 8-10 people for small breakout meetings.
  • Dining Facilities: The dining facilities can accommodate up to 16 people seated at the dining room table to a maximum of 25 for a stand-up reception.
  • Equipment: Equipment available includes: podium with speakers, microphones, LCD projector and laptop PC, slide projector, overhead projector, screen, blackboard, and easel.


Use of the Conference and Reception Facilities

The house is intended for use for NIH international and scientific events sponsored by NIH staff. International and scientific conferences and workshops will normally be limited to three (3) days and other meetings to one (1) day. The following priorities for reservation and use of the house will be observed:

  • FIC conferences, seminars, workshops, meetings, and official entertainment related to them
  • Official entertainment related to international programs of NIH and/or DHHS
  • NIH-sponsored international and scientific conferences, seminars, and workshops
  • Official events functions related to NIH research programs
  • Press conferences

The house also can be used for other activities, as available and on approval.

The House Cannot Be Used for the Following Activities:

  • Fundraising events
  • Political events
  • Social events not associated with the official representational responsibilities of government officials
  • Meetings for administrative purposes; (e.g., study sections, retreats, training courses)

Updated December 19, 2023