In the 1970s, one of the most urgent needs of Florida Presbyterian Homes was a dining room and kitchen large enough to serve the growing number of residents. The Forrer-Bunker dining room and kitchen, built in 1965, was delivering meals by pushcart to residents at a distance. A new building with a large dining room and kitchen was planned.
The Nora Rife Building faces the waterfront of Lake Hunter at Cresap Street. Its construction necessitated the demolition of the original Watson House in 1979. The building was designed to provide access to both Howland-Delay and Monte Johnson Manor.