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Kalispell in Flathead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Griffith/Conrad House

East Side Historic District

 
 
Griffith/Conrad House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Griffith/Conrad House Marker
Inscription.  Real estate and insurance agent Charles Griffith arrived in Kalispell in 1891, four months after the Great Northern Railway established the town. An important member of the young community, Griffith served as city treasurer and was a founding member of the 1892 Kalispell Volunteer Fire Department. Sometime between 1891 and 1897, Griffith built a relatively small one-and-one-half story home on what would become one of the city’s most prominent corners. After 1903 but before 1910, Griffith and his wife, Ella, dramatically expanded the residence, adding a large, two-story addition to the front of the house and a smaller, one-story addition to the northeast corner. When the Griffiths sold the residence in 1918, it became home to Frances McGee, the Kalispell Bee’s local and society editor. Charles D. and Agnes Conrad lived here by 1922. President of the Conrad National Bank from 1920 through his death in 1941, Charles D. was the son of the prominent Charles E. Conrad, whose mansion across the street is now a museum. Members of the Conrad family lived in both homes into the 1960s.
 
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Griffith/Conrad House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Griffith/Conrad House and Marker
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitectureCommunications. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.766′ N, 114° 18.198′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 6th Avenue East near 4th Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 6th Avenue East, Kalispell MT 59901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conrad/Tobie House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Conrad/Tobie House (within shouting distance of this marker); McKeown/Braunberger House (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan House (within shouting distance of this marker); Spafford House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Swetland Residence (about 400 feet away); Elliot House (about 400 feet away); Anderson House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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