“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Gilbert Gilbertson House

East Side Historic District

Gilbert Gilbertson House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Gilbert Gilbertson House Marker
Inscription.  Open-air porches and balustrades on the first and second stories distinguish this transitional residence built circa 1910. At a time when architectural tastes were changing, the home reflects the asymmetrical Victorian-era Queen Anne style of the previous century. A steeply pitched gable roof, elegant stained-glass transom, bay window on the south, and classical Tuscan columns are Queen Anne hallmarks. A shed-roofed dormer on the north hints at the newly emerging Craftsman style. The residence was the longtime home of Norwegian immigrants Gilbert O. and Malene Gilbertson. Gilbert settled in Minnesota, farmed successfully for thirty years, and served as a state senator. When his first wife died in 1887, Malene Hoines came from Norway to serve as housekeeper. The two married in 1889 and added four more children to the family. The Gilbertsons moved to Flathead County in 1907 and built this home circa 1910. The couple’s widowed daughter, Ida Keeling, and her young son Clyde moved in shortly before Gilbert’s death in 1925. Ida married Charles Kretlow in 1936, and after Malene’s death in 1937, the Kretlows maintained the home into the 1940s.
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Gilbert Gilbertson House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Gilbert Gilbertson House and Marker
Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitectureSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.604′ N, 114° 18.326′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 4th Avenue East near 6th Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 629 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. Dr. Albert Brassett Residence (a few steps from this marker); Peterson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Agather House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 520 Fourth Avenue East (about 400 feet away); Houston/Parker House (about 400 feet away); McIntosh House (about 400 feet away); Madison S. Love Residence (about 500 feet away); Goshorn House (about 500 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 19, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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