Filed Under Billings

1109 North 31st Street

North Elevation Historic District

Built in 1915 at the height of Craftsman style popularity, this two-story home features the style’s characteristic exposed rafter tails and inviting front porch. Less typical is the way the porch extended over the driveway to create a sheltered place to park. The home also had a one-car garage facing the alley, a common amenity in Billings’ first automobile suburb. William and Olive Ladd and their two children lived here by 1917. A grain broker who advertised that he would “pay the high dollar” for carload lots of “wheat, beans, and hay,” William participated in Billings’ booming commodities market. In the 1920s, building and loan manager Joseph McMahon and his wife Catherine purchased the home, where they lived with their seven children. The McMahons were committed and active Catholics. Catherine helped organize fundraisers for Catholic orphanages and St. Vincent’s Orthopedic Hospital, while Joseph was a state-wide leader with the Knights of Columbus. Their fashionable home bustled with social activities—from bridge parties to progressive dinners. In the early 1940s, this was the childhood home of John Bohlinger, Montana’s twenty-ninth lieutenant governor.

Images

1109 North 31st Street 1109 North 31st Street. Front view of the house, facing slightly east from the front sidewalk on North 31st Street. Winter photograph featuring three holiday wreaths hanging between the two windows on the second level of the home. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Unknown photographer Date: Jan. 2015
1109 North 31st Street 1109 North 31st Street. Front/side view of the house, facing north from the driveway on North 31st Street. Winter photograph. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Unknown photographer Date: Jan. 2015

Location

1109 North 31st Street, Billings, Montana | Private

Metadata

Montana National Register Sign Program, “1109 North 31st Street,” Historic Montana, accessed November 28, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2682.