Historic Properties of Spokane
Reflecting the influence of the popular turn-of-the-century Craftsman style, the Taber-Ott residence is also significant for its associations with architect William Wallace Hyslop, who practiced in Spokane at the turn of the 20th century. The house, completed in 1911, was designed for Edward Gray Taber, the chief engineer for the Spokane International Railway company from 1907 to 1940. In addition to its association with Taber’s significant role in the development of the Inland Empire, the residence is also noted for its associations with Anna Stratton Browne, widow of Spokane founder J. J. Browne, and with Margie May Ott, renowned pianist and musical instructor. Franklin and Margie May Ott acquired the home a few years after Taber’s death in 1946 and remained for nearly forty years.
The Taber-Ott House is a contributing property in the Rockwood Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.