This property was home to Olin Ionis Chiles and Frances Haley Chiles. They resided here from 1924, when the house was constructed, until Olin's death of influenza (1965) and Frances's death in 1985 - at the age of 98!
It is also of note that Frances was the niece of Champ Clark, who was the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919, the crucial era of World War I. Their only son, Lt. James Olin Chiles, a Navy fighter pilot in World War II, died of polio in 1949, at the age of twenty-five. He was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
Olin and Frances were also the uncle and aunt of the late Governor Lawton Chiles. Lawton was a frequent visitor here, enjoying many meals prepared lovingly by his Aunt Frances. He served three terms as a U.S. Senator for Florida, from 1970 -- 1989; and was the Governor of Florida from 1990 until his death in 1998.
The vacant property was purchased in April 2007 by Chef Terry. The renovation lasted 7 months with much of the work preformed by Chef T himself. In Feb of 2008 Chef T's officially opened for business. Thanks to the many loyal customers Chef T's remains successful to this day.