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

Conlon House

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Conlon House Marker
Inscription.  Pioneer merchant James Conlon commissioned architect Joseph B. Gibson to design this stunning Georgian Revival style home in 1914. The home was built for Conlon’s wife, Mary. J. F. Simmonds was the contractor. The high style and fine details are unique to Kalispell’s historic East Side. An elegant radial entry, brackets and dentils at the eaves, ornamental balustrades, and corner quoins highlight the grand façade. Highly polished mahogany woodwork, laminated sliding doors with leaded glass, three fireplaces, and some of the original furnishings preserve the period ambience inside. Innovative features include a woodbox concealed in a hall seat that is served from a basement dumbwaiter and a dining room radiator with a built-in food warmer. Retired North Dakota banker B. M. Wohlwend purchased the property in 1945 for his wife, Jennie, and daughter, Lois. It has since been home to Lois and her husband, twenty-four-year legislator Senator Matt Himsl, and the Himsls’ five children. Friendly neighbors have called this beautiful home the “Embassy” for its inviting grace, warm interior, and cordial owners.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Conlon House and Marker
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.798′ N, 114° 18.394′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Avenue East and 3rd Street East, on the left when traveling south on 4th Avenue East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 4th 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. George Drew Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Donovan House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Foot/Templeton House (about 300 feet away); Brintnall House (about 400 feet away); Warren A. Conrad/Noffsinger Residence (about 400 feet away); Weberg House (about 400 feet away); Anderson House (about 400 feet away); Nathan Rental Property (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  Conlon House -- Flathead Beacon. The home was later nicknamed “The Embassy” by adoring neighbors. And it’s a fitting moniker considering all of the tea parties, socials and other events held
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
3. Conlon House
in the home. Quite often “reception committees” would receive 50 or more guests, including some of the most influential people of the day.
(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 34 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 18, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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