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North Elevation Historic District

Austin and Hattie North established the North Elevation Subdivision in 1905. Within walking distance of McKinley Elementary and Billings’ downtown, “the Elevation” was a commonsense extension for the Yellowstone River Valley’s fastest growing city. The Elevation Company, owned by the Norths promoted lots with panoramic views of the city and promises of living near “the best families in Billings.” Early promotional literature emphasized the subdivision’s walkability—including its concrete sidewalks—as well as a potential streetcar system that would link the neighborhood to downtown. By 1913, the neighborhood’s promoters had embraced the automobile, advertising the subdivision’s “fine auto drives” and its miles of “smooth graded roads.” With the construction of the “new” St. Vincent’s Hospital, Deaconess Hospital (now Billings Clinic), and Eastern Montana Normal School (now MSU-Billings) in the 1920s, the neighborhood became home to teachers and doctors, as well as civic leaders. The current North Elevation Historic District is defined by Twelfth Avenue to the north, Ninth Avenue to the south, Thirty-Second Street to the west and the alley behind Thirtieth Street to the east. There are over 100 contributing homes in the district and over 60 of them are in the Craftsman style. These homes are identified by their wide overhanging eaves, projecting rafters, bands of windows, and the use of natural materials. There are also two contributing commercial properties within the district.

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Images

901 North 32nd Street, Billings, MT
901 North 32nd Street, Billings, MT Source: Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT Creator: Julie Larsen, Frank Crosby, Elisabeth DeGrenier, Kevin Kooistra, Lisa Olmsted, and Larry Mayer Date: Jan 2015 to June 2016
1009 N. 31st Street, Billings, MT
1009 N. 31st Street, Billings, MT Source: Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT Creator: Julie Larsen, Frank Crosby, Elisabeth DeGrenier, Kevin Kooistra, Lisa Olmsted, and Larry Mayer Date: Jan 2015 to July 2016
1024 North 31st Street, Billings, MT
1024 North 31st Street, Billings, MT Source: Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT Creator: Julie Larsen, Frank Crosby, Elisabeth DeGrenier, Kevin Kooistra, Lisa Olmsted, and Larry Mayer Date: Jan 2015 to July 2016
1147 North 31st Street
1147 North 31st Street Source: Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT Creator: Julie Larsen, Frank Crosby, Elisabeth DeGrenier, Kevin Kooistra, Lisa Olmsted, and Larry Mayer Date: Jan 2015 to July 2016

Location

Boundaries: to the North, 12th Ave North; East, alleyway between North 31st Street and North 30th Street, South, 9th Ave North, and West, 32nd Street North. | Private property

Metadata

Montana National Register Sign Program, “North Elevation Historic District,” Historic Montana, accessed April 15, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2792.