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

Sauser-Mercord Building

Kalispell Main Street Historic District

 
 
Sauser-Mercord Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Sauser-Mercord Building Marker
Inscription.  A unified second-story façade with distinct first-floor storefronts reflects the unique history of this business block. George McMahon paid $4,000 to have the building’s southern (left) half constructed in 1901 for his undertaking business. McMahon was one of the first coroners in Kalispell, and like most early undertakers, he had multiple businesses. McMahon sold his business to trained undertaker and embalmer William Sherman in 1903. William sold pianos as well as conducting his mortuary business on the first floor and used the basement as an embalming room. Wife and business partner Nora and their seven children lived on the second floor. After William died, Nora continued the business. In 1920, she became one of the first licensed women undertakers in Montana. Realtor John Sauser hired Frederick Mercord to construct the northern storefront and second-story apartments in 1925. The southern façade was likely remodeled at that time to create the appearance of a single, substantial business block. Although the two buildings share a common wall, no doors connect the two structures. Subsequent first-floor remodels include a recent extensive redesign
Sauser-Mercord Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Sauser-Mercord Building and Marker
The marker is at the left side of the white façade.
of the north side storefront.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.71′ N, 114° 18.758′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on South Main Street near 3rd Street West, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 338 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. Cry Building (a few steps from this marker); Masonic Temple (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Water Department (about 400 feet away); Knight and Twining Block (about 400 feet away); Main Street Commercial Historic District (about 500 feet away); Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile (about 700 feet away); Heller Building (about 700 feet away); Carnegie Library (about 700 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 22, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 19 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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