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

Bardon House

East Side Historic District

 
 
Bardon House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Bardon House Marker
Inscription.  This narrow front-gabled dwelling was originally one of three identical residences on the half-block built as rentals between 1903 and 1910. Only this example retains the original full-width front porch with hipped roof and turned post supports. Shotgun residences like these, so-called because of their one-room width and linear floorplans, originated in early nineteenth-century New Orleans. The form found its way west, often associated with railroad towns such as Kalispell. First owner Emma Proctor roomed elsewhere and rented the home to private nurse Agnes MacGariggan and Maud Pomeroy in 1910. Retired homesteaders Margaret and Martin Rising next owned the property, living in the residence from 1923 to 1926. Central School teacher Florence Barton owned the home from 1928 until her death in 1941. Miss Barton shared the residence with Mary Bardon, a teacher at Linderman School, who then remained here until 1948. Recent renovation and landscaping by Alice and Bentley Blosser have revitalized this adorable Kalispell home, restoring its modest but delightful turn-of-the-twentieth-century appearance.
 
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Bardon House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. Bardon House and Marker
Marker to the right of the entrance
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationScience & MedicineWomen. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.461′ N, 114° 18.556′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 1st Avenue East near 8th Street East when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 809 1st 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. Leslie-Dodge House (within shouting distance of this marker); J.E. Rockwood House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ford Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Ragsdale House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Simpson House (about 500 feet away); Alward House (about 500 feet away); Laux House (about 500 feet away); Kolle/Sherman House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  Bardon House -- Flathead Beacon. After the Civil War, shotgun-style homes gained popularity throughout the war-ravaged South as they were simple, saved space, and allowed folks to rebuild with relative ease. (Submitted on November 26, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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Mar. 2, 2021