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1029 North 31st Street

North Elevation Historic District

Young middle-class professional families flocked to the North Elevation neighborhood after 1905 in search of modern homes in a quiet suburban setting. Rows of welcoming Craftsman bungalows with wide front porches and simple decorative details like knee braces and exposed rafter tails in the eaves became the dominant neighborhood style. Railway mail service clerk Harold Madson and his wife Winnifred, a former librarian, lived here between 1909 and 1922. By 1930, bridge engineer Frank Robbins and wife Gladys, a stenographer, lived here with their two boys and a teenage maid. A third boy was born in 1934. Frank lost an arm in a bridge construction accident in 1925, but he continued to work for the Montana Highway Commission for many years. In her spare time, Gladys organized study groups on liberal arts topics for the local Delphian Society’s Delta chapter, a national organization that promoted the education of women. Through many owners, the home has retained its original character and remains a fine example of the Craftsman style.

Images

1029 North 31st Street 1029 North 31st Street. Front view of the house, facing northeast from the front walk near North 31st Street. Winter photograph. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Unknown photographer Date: Jan. 2015
1029 North 31st Street 1029 North 31st Street. Side view of the house, facing north on North 31st Street. Winter photograph featuring snow on the roofline that began the melting process before the next storm. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Unknown photographer Date: Jan. 2015

Location

1029 North 31st Street, Billings, Montana | Private

Metadata

Montana National Register Sign Program, “1029 North 31st Street,” Historic Montana, accessed December 3, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2784.