Filed Under Kalispell

Bland Rental Property

East Side Historic District

A number of tenants occupied this Colonial Revival style home, built between 1903 and 1910 for Sarah and Arthur Bland. The Blands lived next door in the near-twin of this residence. When Arthur Bland died in 1921, he was eulogized as a kind, charitable, and generous person; he must have been an exceptional landlord. Among the early residents were American Steam Laundry founder Fred French (1913), Norwegian-born Knute Robbin and seven of his children (1915), and James and Sarah McAfee (1928-1936). Norwegian cabinetmaker Olaf Tangen and his wife Elisabeth then owned the home from 1937 to 1972. The cross-gabled residence features Tuscan columns supporting a full-width porch, a metal roof, and south bay window. Wood shingles complement the clapboard siding. Original interior finishings include the stair banister, oak flooring, and well-maintained woodwork.


Bland Rental Property
Bland Rental Property Bland Rental Property. Front to side view of the house, facing north to northeast on the corner of 2nd Avenue East and 7th Street East. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Oct. 1980


641 2nd Avenue East, Kalispell, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Bland Rental Property,” Historic Montana, accessed May 30, 2024,