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

George Drew Residence

East Side Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. George Drew Residence Marker
Inscription.  Kalispell was only two years old when German immigrant Louise Sels and her son Ed had this cross-gabled Queen Anne style residence built in 1892, a year that saw over a hundred homes built in the new town. Louise Sels soon sold the house to her son-in-law Arthur Burnes, but according to the 1900 census, she continued to live in the home with her extended family. The household included her three grown children, granddaughter, son-in-law, and his mother. Josephine Richards and Ella Bell owned the house between 1902 and 1905, renting out "nice large front rooms" to gentlemen. The distinctive horseshoe-shaped porch was added between 1903 and 1907. The home's longest occupant, Maude Drew, lived here between 1905 until her death in 1959 at age 89. A year after she and her husband George bought the house in 1905 they installed a brick sidewalk. The local newspaper lauded this improvement over the standard wood sidewalks and predicted, "Other property owners will note the manner in which the walk wears with much interest."
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed
George Drew Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. George Drew Residence and Marker
in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.761′ N, 114° 18.386′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Avenue East and 4th Street East, on the left when traveling north on 4th Avenue East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 345 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. Warren A. Conrad/Noffsinger Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Conlon House (within shouting distance of this marker); Foot/Templeton House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Donovan House (about 300 feet away); Charles and Carrie March Residence (about 400 feet away); Catholic Parish/Bjorneby House (about 400 feet away); Anderson House (about 400 feet away); Brintnall House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  George Drew Residence -- Flathead Beacon. There’s more to a house than meets the eye (much like judging a book by its cover). And there’s more to the history
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of a house beyond its namesake. In the case of the “George Drew Residence,” it seems to be quite the misnomer.
(Submitted on November 18, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 33 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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