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

Rostad House

West Side Historic District

Rostad House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Rostad House Marker
Inscription.  The Queen Anne style home built before 1903 on this prestigious corner has long been a West Side neighborhood landmark. Its complex floorplan, varied siding, pedimented entry, and two-story bay are vintage Queen Anne. For more than half a century, Clarence Rostad and his wife, Clara, made their home in the comfortable residence. They began renting the property from its original owner, C. N. Brown, in 1905. James Conlon, proprietor of the Conlon Mercantile and Rostad’s onetime employer, bought the property in 1914. That same year a defective flue caused a fire on the second story. Rostad was badly singed and very narrowly escaped. Chemicals used by the fire department caused almost as much damage as the fire itself. After renting the home for fifteen years, the Rostads became its third owners in 1920. Clarence died in 1956, but Clara remained here until 1959. Except for enclosure of the front porch, this family home has changed little since the early 1900s and thus has earned significant status among its West Side neighbors.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker
Rostad House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. Rostad House and Marker
is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkDisastersIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.492′ N, 114° 18.775′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Avenue West and 7th Street West, on the right when traveling south on 1st Avenue West. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 704 1st Avenue West, 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. Jones House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierce Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 610 1st Avenue West (about 400 feet away); Elmer Sonstelie Residence (about 400 feet away); Pearce House (about 400 feet away); McAllester House (about 400 feet away); Ripke House (about 500 feet away); Metcalf House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
Also see . . .  Rostad House -- Flathead Beacon. The early 20th century was
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a time of great change in the Flathead Valley. For example, when this home was finished, sometime before 1903, the shores of Flathead Lake saw the passing of company steamboats hauling freight and Kootenai canoes covered with elk skin, just the same.
(Submitted on November 27, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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