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

Agather House

 
 
Agather House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Agather House Marker
Inscription.  Architect Marion Riffo demonstrated a flair for the dramatic in this grand residence, built in 1910 for State Lumber Company manager David Barber. The home features tall prominent chimneys against a steep, side-gabled roof, which capture the attention of even the most casual passerby. Varied exterior treatments include half-timbers, native rock, and ornate ironwork. After a series of tragedies decimated the Barber family, Alfons and Martha Agather purchased the home in 1919. Russian-born Alfons, who had served in the imperial guard of Czar Nicholas, was the cashier and eventually became president of the First National Bank of Kalispell. Martha, a daughter of Julius and Mary Neils of the J. Neils Lumber Company in Libby, worked hard to keep the home after her husband’s death in 1929. Their daughter Margaret, who grew up here and later owned the home, could remember “when the house … was on the very outskirts of town and most of the Eastside was a grassy field....” The home remains in the family today because of Martha’s perseverance.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series.
Agather House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Agather House Marker
The marker is in the ivy at the front.
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.632′ N, 114° 18.26′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 5th Avenue East near 6th Street East, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 604 5th 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. Gilbert Gilbertson House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); F.W. Cole House (about 300 feet away); Peterson House (about 400 feet away); Dr. Albert Brassett Residence (about 400 feet away); McIntosh House (about 400 feet away); 520 Fourth Avenue East (about 400 feet away); Sliter House (about 500 feet away); Ross House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  Agather House -- Flathead Beacon. The elegance of this grand, early
Agather House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
3. Agather House
20th-century architecture is plain to see. Even from afar, one can see this is the stuff of an iconic, landmark home. Its history and tragedies, however, may not seem as revealing.
(Submitted on November 16, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
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 51 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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