Filed Under Kalispell

Knight and Twining Block

Kalispell Main Steet Historic District (Addendum and Boundary Increase)

W. R. Twining, a Philadelphia construction superintendent newly arrived in Kalispell, collaborated with brother-in-law E. C. Knight on this brick business block in 1908. A reporter noted in June that “Jack Stahl, one of the swiftest men with a trowel … is piling up the brick on rush orders for Knight and Twining’s new building.” Completed in September, the stylish new block featured decorative brickwork, highlighted in a central pediment bearing the initials “K&T.” Mrs. Annie Hunter managed the second-floor rooming house, whose sixteen furnished rooms boasted “steam heat, electric light, baths and all the comforts of civilization.” In 1916, noted photographer T. J. Hileman opened a first-floor studio, which operated until 1938. Hileman remodeled the storefront in 1936, installing polished Vermont granite trim. From 1938 to 1975, the building housed Alton Pearce’s drug store. Original accoutrements including a pressed metal ceiling, wainscoting, transomed doors, and steam radiators remain intact.

Images

Knight and Twining Block
Knight and Twining Block Knight and Twining Block. Front view of the building, facing west on South Main Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Bret Bouda Date: 2008
Knight and Twining Block, corner view.
Knight and Twining Block, corner view. View of the Carter Mercantile Co., the Masonic Temple, K&T Building, and the Montana Meat Market, from the corner of Third St., East, and Main St., looking north, Kalispell, Montana; an electric street lamp hangs from a wire over the dirt street as people walk on the sidewalk. Catalog #948-815 Source: Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, Montana Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: no date
View Looking North on Main Street, Kalispell, Montana.
View Looking North on Main Street, Kalispell, Montana. Angled view to northwest from east sidewalk on Main Street. Decorative street lamps line the sidewalks on both sides and numerous automobiles are parked along the street, one driving in the street, while people walk on the sidewalk. National Park Highway signs are pasted to two street lamps. Visible buildings and establishments include (from left to right) Kalispell Drug Co., The Palm Bowling Alley, Kalispell Hotel, McIntosh Music House, Opera House, Glacier Park Garage, National Hotel, Listle Cafe, Glacier Park Cafe, McCutcheon's Cafeteria, Cannon's clothing store, Jones Drug Co. and the Ford Hotel. Catalog #948-823 Source: Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, Montana Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: October 1923

Location

237 South Main Street, Kalispell, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Knight and Twining Block,” Historic Montana, accessed May 26, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/469.