Filed Under Billings

1145 North 32nd Street

North Elevation Historic District

Civil engineer Bill Lowe designed and built this house for his family circa 1940. The modest-looking home has several features more typically found in high-style homes. These include the clay tile roof, decorative chimney caps, and a bow window, placed to take advantage of the corner lot. The multi-pane casement windows echo the windows of its grander architect-designed neighbors. Bill and Connie Lowe lived here until 1951 except during Bill’s twenty-two months in the Navy during World War II. On the family’s return to Billings, Connie resumed her role as a society hostess and active church and club woman. Although she had an education degree, she never taught as the school district did not hire married women. Bill became a principal in the construction firm responsible for many projects at MSU-Billings (then called Eastern Montana College), including Cisel, Apsaruke, and Rimrock Halls and the Physical Education Building. When the family outgrew this one-story home, the Lowes found another corner lot on which to build, where they constructed a larger, two-story home based on the same design.

Images

1145 North 32nd Street 1145 North 32 Street. Front to side view of the house, facing east at the intersection of North 32nd Street and 12th Avenue North. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Karin Bryan Date: Nov. 1980

Location

1145 North 32nd Street, Billings, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “1145 North 32nd Street,” Historic Montana, accessed December 2, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2815.