South Elevation of home-very similar to Byrne/Reed home

South Elevation of home-very similar to Byrne/Reed home

Front elevation

Front elevation

Another view of south elevation

Another view of south elevation

Historic photo of John Chiles

Historic photo of John Chiles

Chiles Pharmacy on Congress ave at 6th Street

Chiles Pharmacy on Congress ave at 6th Street

Historic photo of Chiles living room

Historic photo of Chiles living room

Historic photo of Chiles kitchen with Mansbendel lattice work and carvings

Historic photo of Chiles kitchen with Mansbendel lattice work and carvings

Another view of Chiles kitchen

Another view of Chiles kitchen

Classically carved and painted floral relief by Mansbendel

Classically carved and painted floral relief by Mansbendel

Floral carving detail and Mansbendel signature

Floral carving detail and Mansbendel signature

Family room fireplace mantle in oak

Family room fireplace mantle in oak

Example Frame

John Chiles/John Brady

Architect/Builder: Judge John Brady
Year: 1912
Style: Prairie School
Areas of Significance: Architecture, Art
City: Austin

John Chiles bought this home located at 1606 West Avenue (now razed) in 1912 from Judge John Brady. Brady built the home for himself in 1912, but realized the house was too large and sold it to Chiles.  John H. Chiles was born in Selma, Alabama, moved to Elgin, Texas with his parents at the age of two, was educated in Georgetown, and began his business career in Austin. Prior to 1900, Chiles owned and operated a railroad line from the city to the first Austin dam, and operated recreational facilities near the dam. In 1899, he married the granddaughter of Governor Andrew Jackson Hamilton. Some of the Chiles’ furniture had belonged to the Governor.

Chiles owned and operated Chiles Pharmacy Store at Sixth & Congress, where the Scarborough Building is now located, for 20 years. He sold drugs to the Blind and Deaf Schools and was a very prosperous man. He was also the director and vice president of Austin National Bank, and the president of Austin White Lime Company until he retired in the mid-1930s and sold his interest to Alfred Robinson. Chiles lived in his JH home until his death in 1963. Peter Mansbendel carved trim in the interior, including a floral piece over the mantle – one of very few he created with color.

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