The Galleries in Whitefish
Posted on 30 August 2016
The Galleries is Whitefish’s newest retail and lodging development
Located at the corner of Baker Avenue and Second Street, the Galleries is an upscale homage to Montana, with front parapets, iron railings and a weathered reclaimed lumber exterior. Tyler Frank, the project manager for Malmquist Construction and their team, worked with architect Stewart Cardon with Bison Creek to achieve the owner’s goal of creating a new, mixed use building with historic quality that looks like it’s always been there.
The first floor provides retail space for five businesses. Each store has its own entrance and storefront windows providing a unique identity for each tenant. Lodging units on the second floor treat guests to luxury accommodations providing a sumptuous home quality. Guests can choose a one or two-bedroom unit with a unique layout and fine furnishings. Each unit includes a main floor storage locker and a parking space.
Lodging units on the second floor of the Galleries in Whitefish treat guests to luxury accommodations providing a sumptuous home quality. Guests can choose a one or two-bedroom unit with a unique layout and fine furnishings. Each unit includes a main floor storage locker and a parking space.
Residential suites have their own private covered deck, custom fireplace and modern kitchen. The crew at Wildwood Eccentrics traveled to eastern Montana near Havre, to obtain weather-worn Douglas fir planks recovered from a 1950s livestock corral. The repurposed wood was used extensively in the Galleries’ exterior and as accent pieces and wainscoting inside the two-story property. Nature’s Best Doors provided hand-crafted reclaimed wood doors to complement the overall theme and historical richness of the project.
Hagestad Painting used a patina process at their Kalispell shop to match aged siding and painted the ironwork in tricorn black, added grey trim to window sashes and painted the interior.
The Old World Cabinet Company created the alder wood bar and white oak bookcases stained grey for a distressed look, plus a granite/wood blend for the kitchens and bathrooms. Instead of closets, residences have nightstand and armoire combinations.
Greenwood Masonry crafted the fireplaces throughout the building, including the statement piece designed with Chief Cliff stone in the main lobby. The shared lobby offers residents a place to congregate complete with a lounge area, fireplace and wet bar. The popular Moen premium line of Weymouth fixtures was selected from more than 15,000 in-stock products offered by Northwest Pipe Fittings to install all plumbing and heating for the facility.
To top it off, a high-level security system combines a WiFi-enabled keyless entry and Web cam portal. Tyler Frank of Malmquist Construction said the owners were very engaged in the design and product selection process working in tandem with the chosen team to achieve a complete, efficient, value-engineered plan before construction started. Malmquist Construction met all budget, timing and quality levels the owners set.
— Constance See