Our Legacy in Brief / Frank Clark

Architect Frank Chamberlain Clark is associated with more than 200 buildings in the Rogue Valley, many of them among the best known in the area.

Clark was born in New York on Dec. 27, 1872, and as a young man he helped design parts of the old Madison Square Garden.

Clark moved west for his health, and he settled in Southern Oregon in 1903 after designing two buildings at what is now Southern Oregon University.

Among the most recognizable buildings he designed were the Sparta Building (pictured at left), the Medford Elks Club, the original Medford Hotel, Perl Funeral Home, the Holly Theatre, the Harry & David towers, the Hillcrest Orchard residence, South Medford High School, St. Mark's Episcopal Church and SOU's Chappell-Swedenburg House.

He also designed a host of colonial-style houses in Medford and Ashland.

His career spanned more than 60 years and he worked into his 80s. He died May 30, 1957 at the age of 84.

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