Filed Under Kalispell

William Swetland Residence

East Side Historic District

Wide bracketed eaves, a gabled front porch, square columns, and a flared chimney identify this home as a premier example of the Craftsman style. Kalispell contractor Caesar Haverlandt built the home in 1912 for longtime school superintendent William Swetland. A native of Wisconsin, Swetland first came to Kalispell to be principal of the West Side School in 1904. He served as superintendent from 1906 to 1942, replacing his former University of Wisconsin roommate, William Davis. In the 1920s, Fred Brinkman, whose architectural designs would later make an indelible mark on the Kalispell streetscape, remodeled the residence for the Swetlands. Brinkman’s additions included such interior finishings as a beamed ceiling, arched entries, a built-in linen chest with a hinged seat, and a colored cement fireplace hearth. The Swetlands raised their three children here before moving next door in 1930.

Images

William Swetland Residence William Swetland Residence. Front to side view of the house, facing southeast on 5th Avenue East. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Oct. 1980
William Swetland Residence William Swetland Residence. Front to side view of the house, facing northeast on 5th Avenue East. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Oct. 1980

Location

415 5th Avenue East, Kalispell, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “William Swetland Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/460.