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

Phillips House

East Side Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Phillips House Marker
Inscription.  Fire destroyed a small wooden residence, located toward the rear of this lot, in 1910. The prime corner parcel remained vacant for almost thirty years. Kalispell saw a small building boom in the 1930s, as people from areas harder hit by drought and depression moved to the community. Many of the new homes were small, relatively plain rental units, but those who could afford it looked to current fashion for design ideas. The picturesque Tudor Revival style was particularly popular. Built circa 1938, this one-story stucco home boasts many Tudor features, including a multi-paned front window, decorative shutters, a prominent chimney with decorative brickwork, and an arched front door with a brick tabbed door surround. Leon and Ella Phillips, who moved to Kalispell in the 1930s, had the home constructed after Leon became president of Phillips-Wohlwend Motors. The automobile salesman was an active promoter of area agriculture and a “tireless worker for Flathead Valley causes.” The Phillips sold the residence in 1942 to Virgil Manion, president of Manion Motors. He and his wife Dorothy owned the property until 1956.
 
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Phillips House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Phillips House and Marker
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.719′ N, 114° 18.272′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Avenue East and 5th Street East, on the left when traveling south on 5th Avenue East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 445 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. William Swetland Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); F.W. Cole House (within shouting distance of this marker); McKeown/Braunberger House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spafford House (about 300 feet away); Conrad/Tobie House (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Conrad/Tobie House (about 300 feet away); Elliot House (about 300 feet away); Sliter House (about 300 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 17, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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