St. Matthew's Church - Kalispell, Montana (USA)

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Columbia Falls, United States

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10/2/10 – Featured in the OLD AND NEW CITY BUILDINGS Group.
10/23/10 – Featured in the HISTORY Group.
12/7/10 – Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT Group.

This is St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, located on Highway 93, which goes through Kalispell, Montana (USA). It’s located in the old part of Kalispell, whose buildings date back to the end of the 19th century. This church is part of the West Side Historic District. St. Matthew’s is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Small farms and orchards dotted the fourteen blocks of this residential neighborhood when the original townsite of Kalispell was platted in 1891. Soon a few wood frame buildings were constructed on its lots for temporary housing and to provide outlying farmers a place to stay during trips to town. By the end of the decade, property owners were replacing these with more substantial residences. The close proximity of the high school (1897) and the county courthouse (1903) helped spur the West Side’s early development. Large Queen Anne and Colonial Revival style residences mingled with more modest gable-front-and-wing style homes, each surrounded by wood rail and chicken wire, picket, or cast iron fences. Flower gardens and fruit trees adorned front yards while vegetable gardens, chicken coops, barns, and privies crowded back yards. By 1910, St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, designed by George Shanley, and the O’Neill House, designed by Marion Riffo, added distinction to the growing neighborhood. Shanley and Riffo, along with Judge Charles Pomeroy, author Margaret Scherf, and poet James Whilt were among the district’s prominent early residents. By the mid twentieth century, many outbuildings had been converted to rentals and larger homes to rooming houses providing accommodations for teachers and high school students living in town for the school year. The rent supplied needed income during hard times. Today the front porches that once offered residents a quiet refuge have mostly been enclosed or removed. Hollyhocks and sweet peas no longer line fences, but shade trees planted by the city decades ago and spacious front lawns preserve the original “homey” atmosphere of this early neighborhood.” [from the Montana History Wiki]

I’m entering this in the Places of Worship and Prayer challenge in the Your Country’s Best group.

Photo taken by Kathleen Emerson, in August, 2010 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.

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