Anderson Style Shop

When the railroad bypassed Demersville in 1891, many businessmen loaded their buildings onto log rollers, hauling them three miles to the newly platted community of Kalispell. This lot became home to a two-story Demersville building, occupied first by a grocery, then by the Pacific Union Tea Company, and then, in the 1920s, by a “ladies furnishings” store. Around 1928, Carl Anderson, who ran the Orpheum, Liberty, and Roxie Theaters, opened Anderson Style Shop, hiring a manager to run “the headquarters for style and correctness in Kalispell.” In 1941, Anderson asked Kalispell’s premiere architect Fred Brinkman to design this modern showcase. It cost Anderson $17,500 to raze the original wooden building and replace it with a fitting home for his fashion-forward business. Travertine siding, copper alloy bands, and glass block combine to present a sleek yet fanciful façade. A heraldic crest flanked by sea horses crowns the high style building.

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Anderson Style Shop, street view

Anderson Style Shop, street view

verso unavailable, b&w print | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Photographer unidentified View File Details Page

Anderson Style Shop, detail window display

Anderson Style Shop, detail window display

verso unavailable, b&w print. | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Photographer unidentified View File Details Page

Anderson Style Shop, rear view

Anderson Style Shop, rear view

verso unavailable, b&w print. | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Photographer unidentified View File Details Page

Street Address:

222 South Main St, Kalispell, Montana [map]

Cite this Page:

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Anderson Style Shop,” Explore Big – Montana's Historic Places, accessed March 24, 2017, http://explorebig.org/items/show/2347.

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