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

Elliot House

East Side Historic District

 
 
Elliot House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Elliot House Marker
Inscription.  A blend of the Prairie and Craftsman styles illustrates the creative genius of Kalispell architect Marion Riffo, who designed and supervised the construction of this exceptional residence between 1909 and 1910. Craftsman style characteristics include prominent knee braces supporting the eaves, heavy piers, stucco siding, and Tudor half- timbering. Wide eaves accentuate the low-pitched hipped roof. Banded windows create a horizontal emphasis typical of the Prairie style. The use of natural colors and materials establish the Prairie ideal that a home should blend into the landscape. Northwest Lumber Company treasurer Charles Dobner and his wife, Agnes, were the first owners of this “unique and artistic” Kalispell landmark. William and Ellen Elliot lived in the home from 1917 to 1938. During World War II, it served as winter headquarters for Glacier National Park, housed the Office of Price Administration, and provided classrooms and a dining hall for Civil Air Patrol cadets. From 1948 to 1964, it was the residence of Dr. Neil and Marian Leitch. In 1964, Dr. Harry and Mary Gibson purchased the home.
 
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Elliot House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Elliot House and Marker
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & SettlersWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.706′ N, 114° 18.192′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 6th Avenue East near 5th Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 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. Spafford House (here, next to this marker); Ross House (a few steps from this marker); Sliter House (a few steps from this marker); McKeown/Braunberger House (within shouting distance of this marker); Conrad/Tobie House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Conrad/Tobie House (about 300 feet away); F.W. Cole House (about 300 feet away); Phillips House (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  William & Ellen Elliot House -- Flathead Beacon. Leading Kalispell architect Marion Riffo designed the home in a unique blend of Craftsman and Prairie styles. (Submitted on November 16, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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Feb. 25, 2021