1109 North 32nd Street

North Elevation Historic District

Lawyer Arthur J. Cunningham and his wife Edna built this remarkably well-preserved Craftsman style bungalow in 1915 for $3,300. The house retains nearly all of its original materials, including the narrow wood clapboard siding and wide wood trim, open front porch with tapered porch columns, and irregular-pattern wood shingles in the gable ends. Cunningham was a bankruptcy lawyer with the firm of Cunningham and Waldo. In 1922, he ran unsuccessfully as a Republican candidate for state representative. By 1925, the Cunningham family had moved on and John and Jennie Bridenbaugh occupied the home. Jennie was a nurse and, with John, raised five children here, including one adopted daughter. Jennie was active in the Methodist Church and many public health charities and was state president of the American Association of University Women. In 1952, she was selected as Montana Mother of the Year. John was a radiologist who introduced the then newfangled practice of x-ray diagnosis and radiation therapy to Billings. His practice with partner Dr. Arthur J. Movius prospered and in 1939 became the Billings Clinic.

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1109 North 32nd Street, Billings, Montana ~ Private