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

Masonic Temple

Main Street Commercial Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Masonic Temple Marker
Inscription.  Seventeen charter members formed Kalispell Lodge No. 42 in 1892. Masons first held lodge meetings in several locations. Work began on this building in 1904, but when the Great Northern Railway moved its division point to Whitefish, the town paused and construction stopped. In a show of faith in the town’s future, the Renaissance Revival style temple was completed in 1905. Designed by architect George Shanley, the lodge hall was upstairs while commercial tenants, including J. C. Penney’s from 1924 to 1956, occupied the ground floor. During World War I, the Century Club ran a store in the basement. There, 115 “liberty-loving women”—including one who had also knitted during the Civil War—sewed and knit everything from surgeons’ gowns and bed caps to sweaters and socks for men in the trenches. The store raised $2,000 for the Red Cross. By 1922, Lodge No. 42 had grown to 400 members who filled the upstairs lodge hall. Despite some changes, the Renaissance Revival style upper story remains pristine, featuring grand arched windows with keystones, intricate brickwork, and ornamental concrete and rough-cut stone.
 
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Masonic Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Masonic Temple Marker
The marker is at the left corner of the building.
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.761′ N, 114° 18.756′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and 3rd Street East, on the left when traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 239 South Main Street, 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. Knight and Twining Block (a few steps from this marker); Main Street Commercial Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Cry Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Sauser-Mercord Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile (about 400 feet away); Heller Building (about 400 feet away); City Water Department (about 400 feet away); Brewery Saloon (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
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By U, November 21, 2020
3. Kalispell Masonic Temple
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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