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

Foot/Templeton House

East Side Historic District

 
 
Foot/Templeton House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Foot/Templeton House Marker
Inscription.  Charles H. Foot left his bride in Minnesota in the spring of 1891 to establish a home for them in Montana. Theresa Foot joined her husband in Kalispell the following July where he had set up the first law practice in the newly platted town. The couple built this home, one of the first in the neighborhood, between 1891 and 1894. The residence is a pleasing example of the gable-front-and-wing house form popularized by the advent of the railroad. Balloon framing techniques and the availability of shipped-in lumber made this type of urban folk housing especially desirable and affordable. Leaded window glass and Victorian-era turned porch posts with graceful scrollwork follow the Queen Anne traditions of the late nineteenth century. The original front porch has been carefully restored and moved to the back of the house. After several other owners and occupants, Flathead County High School principal Payne Templeton and his wife, Gladys, purchased the home in 1924 and lived here until 1936.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture
Foot/Templeton House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Foot/Templeton House and Marker
The marker is to the right of the stairs.
Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.782′ N, 114° 18.312′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 5th Avenue East near 4th Street East, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330 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. Brintnall House (a few steps from this marker); Weberg House (a few steps from this marker); Donovan House (a few steps from this marker); Anderson House (within shouting distance of this marker); William Swetland Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Drew Residence (about 300 feet away); Conlon House (about 300 feet away); Morgan House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  Foot/Templeton House -- Flathead Beacon. Like many progressive-minded, prosperity-seeking folks, Foot heeded the call of the West. Leaving his wife Theresa behind, Charles headed for the Flathead Valley, a place of promise and opportunity
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only a new railroad town of the West could offer.
(Submitted on November 18, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 31 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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