“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)

King House

East Side Historic District

King House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. King House Marker
Inscription.  Kalispell contractor Caesar Haverlandt built this vintage home circa 1909 for his brother Charles who owned the property. In 1911, John H. Graves, an early settler of Flathead Valley, purchased the residence. Graves was an avid reader and reportedly established the state’s first circulating library in Diamond City. He later served as Flathead County’s first assessor and owned the Valley House Hotel. Dean and Metta King purchased the home in 1918. King served as a court reporter, county attorney, and judge of the 11th Judicial District retiring in 1958 after seventeen years on the bench. Metta King was prominent in community affairs, including the Montana Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Keep Montana Green program, and the Century Club. This well preserved Craftsman-style house features exposed rafter tails, front and rear dormers, an engaged partial-width front porch supported by heavy square columns, and elaborate decorative stained-glass windows in the front. In 1999, the interior and exterior of the residence was completely renovated to its original splendor.
Erected by Montana Historical Society
King House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. King House and Marker
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkEducationGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.471′ N, 114° 18.293′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 4th Avenue East near 9th Street East, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 840 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. Sawyer House (a few steps from this marker); Cornelius Hedges School (within shouting distance of this marker); Fry House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Good Residence (about 400 feet away); Kolle/Sherman House (about 400 feet away); Stuart House (about 500 feet away); Ragsdale House (about 600 feet away); Alward House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
Also see . . .  King House -- Flathead Beacon. If you’re the type to marvel at simplicity, then the King House at 840 Fourth Ave. E. in Kalispell is worthy of appreciation. And especially so, if you appreciate architectural renditions that speak more of
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(Submitted on November 24, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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