Filed Under Kalispell

Elmer Sonstelie Residence

West Side Historic District

Kalispell architect Fred Brinkman designed this one-of-a-kind neighborhood landmark early in his career in 1924. Known for unique designs, Brinkman’s creativity is particularly evident here in the picturesque lattice used as architectural ornament. A stuccoed chimney and dormer panel complement the narrow clapboard siding while the original flower boxes, still in use, are a charming decorative touch. Brinkman’s meticulous details carry through to the beautifully finished interior where original features include oak, maple, and larch flooring; a built-in breakfast nook; and a fireplace of Great Falls light brick with a central concrete shield and denticulated mantel. The home and small matching garage, built to accommodate a typical 1920s vintage automobile, was designed for Cannon Clothing Company manager Elmer Sonstelie and his Norwegian-born wife, Josephine. The property remained in the Sonstelie family until the 1990s.


Elmer Sonstelie Residence
Elmer Sonstelie Residence Elmer Sonstelie Residence (PAc 91-51 Kalispell R47 F07). Front to side view of the house, facing southwest near the corner of 2nd Avenue West and 7th Street West. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Kathy McKay Date: Dec. 1992


640 2nd Avenue West, Kalispell, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Elmer Sonstelie Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed May 30, 2024,