“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Graham House

East Side Historic District

Graham House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Graham House Marker
Inscription.  Wilbur and Celeste Graham built this hallmark Art Moderne style home in 1942. The style took its look from the modern means of transport that had captured the popular imagination in the 1930s. While the Depression had taken its toll on the country’s economic life, Americans were still proud of their technological prowess. In an expression of determined optimism, commercial and architectural design of the era imitated the sleek curves and smooth surfaces that gave cars and airplanes their aerodynamic advantage. The chic, stripped-down style also had the benefit of being relatively inexpensive to build. Favored by architects, Art Moderne had less of a popular following than more familiar-looking styles, making examples relatively rare in Montana. A building contractor, Wilbur designed this home himself, including the extra long garage that provided space for his office. Perhaps his profession gave him an advantage in finding construction materials, which were scarce during the war years; this is one of the few Kalispell residences built during World War II. The Graham home features many of the elements that characterize the Art Moderne style: a
Graham House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. Graham House and Marker
flat roof with a small ledge at the roofline, stucco siding, rounded corners, metal sash windows flush with the wall, and a circular window in the front door (reminiscent of a ship’s porthole). Chrome door handles, hinges, and cabinet pulls continued the modern look in the interior. The Grahams, who never tired of their stylish home, both lived here until their deaths, his in 1958, and hers in 2001.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.516′ N, 114° 18.106′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 6th Avenue East near 8th Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 825 6th 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. Cornelius Hedges School (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sawyer House (approx. 0.2 miles away); King House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Agather House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gilbert Gilbertson House (approx. 0.2 miles away);
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Dr. Albert Brassett Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fry House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sliter House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
Also see . . .  Graham House -- Flathead Beacon. Even if you’re not paying attention, the moment you pass by the house at 825 Sixth Ave. in Kalispell, you will take notice. Indeed, the Graham House may leave you wondering whether you just traveled back in time, or forward. It’s a chic, Art Moderne-style home that is extremely rare in more ways than one. (Submitted on November 29, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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