Filed Under Kalispell

Elliot House

East Side Historic District

A blend of the Prairie and Craftsman styles illustrates the creative genius of Kalispell architect Marion Riffo, who designed and supervised the construction of this exceptional residence between 1909 and 1910. Craftsman style characteristics include prominent knee braces supporting the eaves, heavy piers, stucco siding, and Tudor half-timbering. Wide eaves accentuate the low-pitched hipped roof. Banded windows create a horizontal emphasis typical of the Prairie style. The use of natural colors and materials establish the Prairie ideal that a home should blend into the landscape. Northwest Lumber Company treasurer Charles Dobner and his wife, Agnes, were the first owners of this “unique and artistic” Kalispell landmark. William and Ellen Elliot lived in the home from 1917 to 1938. During World War II, it served as winter headquarters for Glacier National Park, housed the Office of Price Administration, and provided classrooms and a dining hall for Civil Air Patrol cadets. From 1948 to 1964, it was the residence of Dr. Neil and Marian Leitch. In 1964, Dr. Harry and Mary Gibson purchased the home.

Images

Elliot House
Elliot House Elliot House (PAc 91-51 Kalispell R06 F03). Front to side view of the house, facing west near the corner of 6th Avenue East and 5th Street East. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Alan Thompson Date: Dec. 1991
Elliot House Garage
Elliot House Garage Elliot House Garage (PAc 91-51 Kalispell R06 F04). Front to side view of the garage, facing south from the driveway off of 5th Street East to the east of the Elliot House. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Alan Thompson Date: Dec. 1991

Location

505 6th Avenue East, Kalispell, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Elliot House,” Historic Montana, accessed April 15, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/425.