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

Iseminger/Graham House

East Side Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Iseminger/Graham House Marker
Inscription.  An interest in colonial American architecture began with the Philadelphia Centennial in 1877 and inspired the Colonial Revival style. When new printing methods in the late 1890s made photographs in periodicals widely available, the style spread across the nation. This home, built between 1903 and 1909, is representative of the architectural revival. A porch spanning the front, Tuscan columns, narrow clapboard siding, and strict overall symmetry define the style, which draws upon classical lines and simple details. Halbert and Marilla Iseminger moved to Kalispell from their rural farm and purchased this property in 1908. Halbert Iseminger Jr. was in residence by 1909. The senior Isemingers were the proprietors of the Men’s Fashion Shop where Halbert Jr. and some of their seven children were also employed. Various family members resided at this address until 1923. World War I Navy veteran John Graham and his bride, Elsie, then bought the property. Graham owned a local furniture and appliance business. The couple raised their son here and after Elsie’s death in 1955, Graham remained in the home until 1967.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. Iseminger/Graham House and Marker
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° 11.581′ N, 114° 18.499′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue East near 6th Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 611 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. Dunsire House (within shouting distance of this marker); McGovern/Karcher House (within shouting distance of this marker); Laux House (within shouting distance of this marker); Houston/Parker House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Simpson House (about 300 feet away); Madison S. Love Residence (about 500 feet away); Stuart House (about 600 feet away); Ford Residence (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  Iseminger/Graham House -- Flathead Beacon. Style” and “category” are not friends. The former tries to outdo the latter – while the latter tries to keep the status quo. And despite their similarities and occasional agreement, theirs is
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(Submitted on November 25, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
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 37 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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