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

McIntosh House

East Side Historic District

 
 
McIntosh House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. McIntosh House Marker
Inscription.  This beautiful gable-front-and-wing residence, built for newlyweds John and Sophie McIntosh, captures the best of the exuberant 1890s with a wealth of Queen Anne details. The Flathead Herald-Journal declared upon its completion in 1894 that the marvelous home rivaled Kalispell’s best in “style, finish and comfort.” Set atop a natural rise dubbed “Knob Hill,” the newspaper went on to comment that its owner would thus occupy “the most exalted position in Kalispell.” Finely crafted details, including fishscale shingles, wavy clapboard, a sunray pattern, and elaborate stained glass parlor transoms, embellish the canted, or “beveled,” front gable. McIntosh had a successful and varied career in Kalispell, selling everything from hardware and pianos to automobiles. His opera house, built in 1896, was the town’s longtime cultural center. Sophie died in 1920 and John McIntosh in 1947, but the home remained in the family until 1979.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture
McIntosh House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. McIntosh House and Marker
Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.675′ N, 114° 18.35′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 4th Avenue East near 5th Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 511 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. Goshorn House (a few steps from this marker); 504 Fourth Avenue East (within shouting distance of this marker); 520 Fourth Avenue East (within shouting distance of this marker); Catholic Parish/Bjorneby House (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles and Carrie March Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Peterson House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); F.W. Cole House (about 400 feet away); Madison S. Love Residence (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  McIntosh House -- Flathead Beacon. As newlyweds, John and Sophie built
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their home atop “Knob Hill,” a naturally elevated area in town. When the home was completed in 1894, Kalispell looked quite different. Back then, houses were few and far between and the home had tremendous views in every direction.
(Submitted on November 19, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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