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

Kolle/Sherman House

East Side Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Kolle/Sherman House Marker
Inscription.  Built on a prominent corner lot for blacksmith Chris Kolle and his wife Mary in 1908, this Craftsman style home features many of the design’s characteristic elements. Its wide, sheltering eaves are meant to evoke feelings of coziness and security while its full-length front porch, tucked beneath the main roofline, offers a connection to nature. In 1910, Chris employed four to six “scientific horseshoers and skilled wheelwrights and blacksmiths.” Like many blacksmiths, he transitioned to automobile repair and sales as combustion engines began to replace horse power. John and Cornelia Sherman purchased the residence in 1920. In 1926 the Shermans hired Kalispell architect Fred Brinkman to remodel the home, adding a fireplace, breakfast room, downstairs bathroom, and rear “service stairway to the basement.” John was the co-owner of Flathead Motor Sales Company, and, as a member of Roads and Highways committee of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, he helped to locate and develop western Montana highways. After John died in 1941, Cornelia, a trained teacher, ran a home kindergarten. In 1943, she took a teaching job with the
Kolle/Sherman House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. Kolle/Sherman House and Marker
district and later became the Flathead County librarian.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.491′ N, 114° 18.39′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Avenue East and 8th Street East, on the right when traveling south on 3rd Avenue East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 810 3rd 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. Henry Good Residence (a few steps from this marker); Stuart House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ragsdale House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alward House (about 400 feet away); Sawyer House (about 400 feet away); Fry House (about 400 feet away); King House (about 400 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 25, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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