National Register of Historic Places in Jackson County
The fashionably eclectic George Taverner House was designed by Frank C. Clark, Southern Oregon's leading, and perhaps only professionally trained, architect of the early 20th Century.
Clark is noted for the many commodious residences in the Colonial Revival Style he designed in Ashland and nearby Medford. Best known among his work in this style is the Chappel-Swedenburg House on the Southern Oregon State College campus a few blocks from the Taverner House.
By comparison, the Taverner House combines several stylistic idioms, including Dutch Colonial, Tudor, Gothic and Shingle. Because of the attention to craftsmanship and detail, because of the placement of openings to command the best views offered by the site, and because of an open floor plan allowing efficient circulation around a central stair hall, the Taverner House is a good example of the "Progressive American Architecture" of its day.
Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 2004.