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Dr. Alexander D. MacDonald Residence

East Side Historic District

 
 
Dr. Alexander D. MacDonald Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Dr. Alexander D. MacDonald Residence Marker
Inscription.  A combination gambrel/gabled roof, wood shingle cladding, porch with classical Tuscan columns, small arched windows, and decorative leaded glass characterize this fine turn-of-the-twentieth-century expression of the Shingle style. Beautifully designed by Kalispell architects Forrey and Jones to be “a model of convenience and an ornament to the city,” the home was built in 1901 for Dr. Alexander MacDonald and his wife, Jessie. It replaced their earlier residence on this same prestigious corner. Canadian-born Dr. MacDonald set up practice here in 1891. He eventually ran a private hospital, was a state legislator, and served as City/County health officer. MacDonald left Kalispell in 1915 to become head of the state tuberculosis hospital at Galen. A built-in china cabinet and original stairway lighting fixtures and chandeliers highlight the interior of this architecturally significant home, while the cast-iron fence bordering its sidewalk adds to the neighborhood’s historic appeal.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
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Dr. Alexander D. MacDonald Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Dr. Alexander D. MacDonald Residence and Marker
The marker is on the porch.
ArchitectureGovernment & PoliticsScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.883′ N, 114° 18.442′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker can be reached from 4th Avenue East near 2nd Street East, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 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. Grant/Clifford House (a few steps from this marker); Nathan Rental Property (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Conlon House (about 600 feet away); Dean Rental Property (about 600 feet away); Driscoll House (about 700 feet away); Donovan House (about 700 feet away); George Drew Residence (about 800 feet away); Central School (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  Dr. Alexander D. MacDonald Residence -- Flathead Beacon. Sure, any “nice home” – behind a cast iron fence – can lend charm to a neighborhood. However, there
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is much more to this home than an ideal or idyll location.
(Submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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