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.

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640 2nd Avenue West, Kalispell, Montana ~ Private