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

Alward House

East Side Historic District

 
 
Alward House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Alward House Marker
Inscription.  Kalispell carpenter Cassius McCarty, property owner from 1909 to 1911, most likely built this vernacular style residence with Craftsman style details. Shortly after construction newlyweds Herbert and Kate Alward moved into the new home. An established member of the community, Alward was cashier of the First National Bank, the oldest bank in the northwestern portion of the state. In 1910, Alward married socialite Kate Montelius, daughter of Mrs. Lew Switzer, in an elegant yellow wedding. Alward’s financial career took the family to Tacoma, Washington, four years later. Traveling salesman Maurice Beaudin rented the house from the Alwards. Kate Alward died during the influenza epidemic in 1920 leaving three small children. A. J. Casey, a partner in the Western Supply Company grocery, purchased the property from Alward in 1923. The Craftsman style was a popular architectural design in Kalispell at the turn of the century. The home features clapboard siding, a hipped roof, exposed rafter tails, a projecting window on the south side, and a small integrated porch with Tuscan columns. A stained-glass window in the bathroom complements the residence’s
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vintage interior.
 
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° 11.442′ N, 114° 18.445′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue East near 9th Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 845 2nd 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. Ragsdale House (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Good Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kolle/Sherman House (about 400 feet away); Fry House (about 400 feet away); J.E. Rockwood House (about 400 feet away); Stuart House (about 500 feet away); Bardon House (about 500 feet away); Simpson House (about 500 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 24, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 24, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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