Charles and Carrie March Residence

East Side Historic District

District court judge David Smith and his wife Hattie lived in a small wooden home here in 1900. That original house was demolished by 1910 and replaced about ten years later with this stylish cottage. Designed following an H-shaped plan, the one-and-one-half-story home has paired Tuscan columns supporting an elegantly curved front portico. Other Colonial Revival style details include the front door sidelights and dentils below the entryway. The most notable feature of the home is the complex roof with clipped gable ends (called jerkin heads), which softens and adds interest to the home’s design. By 1922, Charles and Carrie March owned the residence. The President of Empire Lumber Company, Charles died unexpectedly, at age fifty-two, in 1932. His obituary lauded him as a civic-minded businessman, a lifelong Mason, the first president of the Kalispell Rotary Club, and an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. Later owners included Dr. Bruce Allison. Before returning to the Flathead Valley in 1950, Allison was among the doctors who treated baseball legend Babe Ruth. During his long practice he delivered nearly 3,000 babies in Flathead County.

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442 4th Avenue East, Kalispell, Montana ~ Private