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Billings Implement Building

Billings Townsite Historic District

In 1906, the Northern Pacific Railroad moved its central railroad transfer point from Billings to Laurel. The move opened new tracts of land for development along the railroad right-of-way. These lots had the advantage of bordering both the tracks and Billings’ downtown commercial district. Thus, they were perfect for businesses dependent on large and frequent train deliveries, for example farm implement dealers or grocery wholesalers. Both types of businesses occupied this building, constructed circa 1915 by the Billings Implement Co. Like others on the block, this two-story brick structure presents two distinct appearances. Intended to serve as a warehouse, store, and office all in one, its design reflects its multiple purposes. The refined north face features a typical Western Commercial style facade. To the rear, the building presents its working face. A loading dock reveals the building’s function as a warehouse and its connection to the trains that delivered goods for resale. After sitting vacant for over ten years, both this building and the one next door were renovated to include residential lofts in 2004.

Images

Billings Implement Building Verso Billings Implement Building 1. 2604-2606 Montana Ave., Billings Townsite Historic District, Boundary Increase I 2. Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana 3. Ann Booistra-Manning 4. Sept. 12, 2004 5. Western Heritage Center - Digital Archives 6. View to south 7. Digital Image: MT_YellowstoneCo_BT2_2606Montana Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana Creator: Ann Kooistra-Manning Date: 09/12/2004

Location

2606-2608 Montana Avenue, Billings, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Billings Implement Building,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2149.