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

Elmer Sonstelie Residence

West Side Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Elmer Sonstelie Residence Marker
Inscription.  Kalispell architect Fred Brinkman designed this one-of-a-kind neighborhood landmark early in his career in 1924. Known for unique designs, Brinkman’s creativity is particularly evident here in the picturesque lattice used as architectural ornament. A stuccoed chimney and dormer panel complement the narrow clapboard siding while the original flower boxes, still in use, are a charming decorative touch. Brinkman’s meticulous details carry through to the beautifully finished interior where original features include oak, maple, and larch flooring; a built- in breakfast nook; and a fireplace of Great Falls light brick with a central concrete shield and denticulated mantel. The home and small matching garage, built to accommodate a typical 1920s vintage automobile, was designed for Cannon Clothing Company manager Elmer Sonstelie and his Norwegian-born wife, Josephine. The property remained in the Sonstelie family until the 1990s.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture
Elmer Sonstelie Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. Elmer Sonstelie Residence and Marker
Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.499′ N, 114° 18.874′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Avenue West and 7th Street West, on the right when traveling south on 2nd Avenue West. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 640 2nd 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. McAllester House (within shouting distance of this marker); Metcalf House (within shouting distance of this marker); West Side Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee/O'Neil House (about 300 feet away); Sundelius House (about 300 feet away); Walker Residence (about 400 feet away); Rostad House (about 400 feet away); Pierce Residence (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  Sonstelie Residence -- Flathead Beacon. The Sonstelie Residence, located at 640 Second Ave. W. in Kalispell, is a unique example of 1920s-era architecture – with plenty of details and history – that
Elmer Sonstelie Residence image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
3. Elmer Sonstelie Residence
may seem tucked away, and hidden a bit.??
(Submitted on November 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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