Filed Under Kalispell

East Side Historic District 

As the town of Kalispell ended its first decade in 1901, the Kalispell Bee reported that the “artistic and modern” residences would well ornament a much larger city. Dozens of spacious Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and vernacular style East Side homes had by now erased the hay meadows that once covered the townsite. Central School, designed by Great Falls architect William White and built in 1894, anchored the district’s northwest corner; Charles E. Conrad’s seventy-two-acre estate and mansion, designed and built in 1895 by Spokane architect Kirtland Cutter, sprawled along the northeastern edge. Soon the splendid Carnegie Library (1903), the Kalispell Hospital (1904), Woodland Park (created in 1910 on land donated by Conrad), and Kalispell General Hospital (1912) added diversity. During the 1920s Prairie School-inspired residences, the Foursquare form, and Craftsman style homes began to grace East Side streets, reflecting the very latest architectural trends. A 1913 history of Montana pronounced Kalispell “one of the most beautiful cities in the state,” but the district still had room for growth and refinement. In the 1920s, the Conrad carriage house and stables were moved and redesigned into five homes by architect Fred Brinkman. A 1930s Works Progress Administration project transformed Woodland Park from a “mosquito bog” into a “beauty center.” Architects of different periods such as Brinkman, Arthur Pearmain, Marion Riffo, and Joseph Gibson contributed to an eclectic combination of styles. This distinctive “layering” of ages and styles highlights the pleasant East Side streetscapes that today chronicle the town’s evolution.

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Images

East Side Historic District East Side Historic District. View of the 500 block of 2nd Avenue East. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Henry Elwood Photo Collection Date: Date unknown
East Side Historic District East Side Historic District. View of the 500 block of 2nd Avenue East. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Henry Elwood Photo Collection Date: Date unknown
Fourth Avenue East, Kalispell, MT View of a tree-lined residential street, Fouth Ave. East, in Kalispell, Montana. Several automobiles are visible in the distance far down the dirt street. A fire hydrant is visible near the street corner on the left of view. Photo used by the Publicity Division of the Montana Department of Agriculture. Source: PAc 948-833, Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, MT Creator: Unknown photographer Date: ca. 1920

Location

4th Avenue East, Kalispell, Montana | Private/Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “East Side Historic District ,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/397.