L. Banks House, S. Oregon Hearing Aid Cntr

Site Number: 

17

Approximate date: 

1914/1922

One story wood frame and brick U-shape in plan; two steeply-pitched gables with connecting cross gable; gable roof porch roof on main south facade; wood shake roof; overhanging eaves with exposed rafters; brick walls from ground to roof eaves; half-timbering and stucco in gable ends; horizontal clapboards in stem of the I; horizontal bands of casement windoes and small translucent glass cube lights.

Address: 

1000 West Main Stret

Alterations: 

Replacement of some original windows/wood shakes on roof.

Style: 

Arts and Crafts

City: 

Medford

Significance: 

John M. Root purchased the property 3/9/14 (Jackson County Deed Records). A library, living and dining room were completed in 1922, either as an addition or remodel to the house. John Root owned Oak Lodge on Kings Highway southwest of Medford. In 1914 he purchased the property on West Main Street. An advertisement by Frank Clark on Jaunary 1, 1915 Medford Mail Tribune (page 3, part of 4) lists construction of the John Root House as one of his residential designs. The above listed remodeling occurred shortly before Root sold the house to Llewelyn Banks. It was from this house's doorway that Banks shot and killed local constable, George Prescott, on March 16, 1933. After Banks went to prison, the University Club used the residence as a headquarters, an opportunity older Club members appreciated for its irony.
2-Secondary

Sources of information: 

Medford Mail Tribune, 1/1/15, 3/9/22

Jackson County Courthouse deed records

Certainty: 

Confirmed, SOHS Inventory

On National Register of Historic Places: 

No

In Lure of Medford Inventory: 

No
Yes

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