Filed Under Billings

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.

Images

1109 North 32nd Street 1109 North 32nd Street. Front to side view of the house, facing east to northeast on North 32nd Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Karin Bryan Date: Nov. 1980

Location

1109 North 32nd Street, Billings, Montana | Private

Metadata

Montana National Register Sign Program, “1109 North 32nd Street,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2835.