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

First Presbyterian Church

Courthouse Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. First Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription.  Charter members George and Helen Miles bestowed this land on the church in 1882. Since that time the First Presbyterian Church has occupied this space. Church trustees met in 1911 to discuss the construction of a larger $30,000-$40,000 church. Pastor Reverend J. Forsythe Smith reasoned that a new house of worship would “provide better social advantages, better intellectual advantages, and better moral and spiritual advantages.” In addition to a larger worship space, the modern facility would include a Sunday school and choir room. Architect Brynjulf Rivenes designed the concrete and brick edifice on the same site as the old church, which was sold and relocated to face North Prairie. Western Granite and Marble Works of Miles City donated the cornerstone, laid on November 26, 1914. C. N. Strevell gifted the main stained glass window fronting Montana Avenue. The oak finished, 871-pipe Estry organ was specially designed to fit the organ chamber. Dedicated in 1917, this impressive Gothic Revival Style church conveys a sense of stability and permanence.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. First Presbyterian Church and Marker
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 26, 1914.
 
Location. 48° 11.587′ N, 114° 18.718′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on South Main Street near 6th Street West, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 524 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. Waggener and Campbell Funeral Home (within shouting distance of this marker); 610 1st Avenue West (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pierce Residence (about 400 feet away); Rostad House (about 600 feet away); McAllester House (about 700 feet away); Jones House (about 700 feet away); Walker Residence (about 700 feet away); West Side Historic District (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
First Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
3. First Presbyterian Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 23 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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