“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Billings in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Pouder Furniture Building

Billings Townsite Historic District

Pouder Furniture Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
1. Pouder Furniture Building Marker
Inscription.  Situated in the heart of the extended commercial railroad corridor that developed in the 1910s, this vernacular Western Commercial style building on its prominent corner anchors the historic district. Built circa 1916, Howard J. Pouder and his wife Nettie moved their second-hand furniture business here from a few doors down. The Pouders’ Billings Auction House operated at this location until 1929, advertising “everything for the home.” The Pouders bought, sold, and exchanged furniture, kitchen appliances, rugs, and office equipment and purchased large inventories of household goods for re-sale. The building, which wraps around North Thirtieth Street, included a two-room apartment, advertised for rent in 1920. By 1923, the upper floor housed a dance hall and by 1930, the upstairs had been converted into the Central Apartments, which included five units. Offices for the Crosby Hatchery opened onto North Thirtieth Street, and the Central Sheet Metal Works operated on the ground floor. Architecturally significant for its stunning red brick façade, the pristine upper story features segmental arched windows, simple brick detailing, and
Pouder Furniture Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
2. Pouder Furniture Building and Marker
wonderful “ghost signs” recalling the building’s early 1930s occupants.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 45° 46.813′ N, 108° 30.438′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is on Montana Avenue near North 30th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2923 Montana Avenue, Billings MT 59101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Clark Hotel - 1928 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frederick Billings (about 400 feet away); The Parmly Billings Library - 1901 (about 400 feet away); The Losekamp Building - 1903 (about 500 feet away); Losekamp Block (about 500 feet away); J.K. Ralston Cabin-Studio (about 500 feet away); An Automobile at the Cigar Store (about 500 feet away); Billings' First Bank - 1883 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 29, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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