“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)

Baber/Jaquette House

Baber/Jaquette House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Baber/Jaquette House Marker
Inscription.  Carpenter Elmer Bader came to Kalispell from Wisconsin in 1891 to practice his trade. The energetic bachelor purchased two corner lots for $1,000 in 1895 and built two modest residences, one at 521 1st Street West and one at 36 5th Avenue West. In 1897, Bader married, and the couple lived in the 1st Street house and rented out the other. Bader opened his own lumberyard in 1899 on this northeast corner, where the present home is now. In addition to lumber, he sold windows, doors, moldings, building papers, lath, and shingles. By 1903, Bader had moved his business and was building this residence. According to the Flathead Herald-Journal, it was to be a “large and handsome house ... that anyone might be proud of.” Bader built many homes and buildings in early Kalispell, and his own exemplary residence reflects the stylistic details he favored. Shingles, clapboard, and a foundation of native rock provide the varied wall texture that is a hallmark of the Queen Anne style. A recessed second-story porch with curved arches and cutaway bay windows are typical Queen Anne features, while square fluted columns and stained and leaded glass add
Baber/Jaquette House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Baber/Jaquette House and Marker
The marker is at the corner of the house.
characteristic elegance. Egg-and-dart trim, wood floors, and a beautiful stairway grace the interior. When the Baders moved to Eureka in 1905, farmer Walter Jaquette bought this home and the 1st Street house. Jaquette rented out both houses during the next decades, then lived here from his retirement in 1934 until 1954. This historic residence with its companion rentals once shared the block with the Kalispell Malting and Brewing Company. The main house remains today a striking example of Elmer Bader’s craftsmanship.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.807′ N, 114° 19.263′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 5th Avenue West near 1st Street West, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 46 5th Avenue West, 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. Edward Gay House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boyd's Shop (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waggener & Campbell Funeral Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ferguson House
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); 404 Second Avenue West (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kalispell Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); McIntosh Opera House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brewery Saloon (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
Also see . . .  Baber/Jaquette House - Flathead Beacon. The house at 46 Fifth Ave. W. was built by Elmer Bader around 1903. Bader was a carpenter and came to Kalispell in 1891 — when the town was little more than a bold idea and a handful of shacks (and “Elmer” was a rather popular name). (Submitted on November 22, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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