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

1119 North 31 Street

North Elevation Historic District

 
 
1119 North 31 Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
1. 1119 North 31 Street Marker
Inscription.  Simplicity, honesty, functionality, and efficiency were the architectural watchwords of the 1910s. Craftsman style bungalows like this one embodied the era’s minimalist aesthetic, and the style took the nation—and Billings—by storm. Characteristic of the Craftsman style, this circa 1915 home features a low-pitched roof pierced by a large dormer, leaded glass windows, and exposed rafter tails. More unique is the home’s side-gable orientation and vertical siding. The residence’s first occupant was Leslie Miller, the manager of Russell Milling Company. In 1919, Rockwood and Elizabeth Brown purchased the home, where they raised their four children. A few years later, they planted a blue spruce in the front yard, where it still stood in 2018. In 1946, on a trip to Seattle, Rockwood saw an outdoor brick fireplace with built-in oven and grill. On his return, he had a similar one constructed in the backyard. A prominent Billings attorney, Rockwood served on the State Highway Commission, the State Water Conservation Board, and the City Park Commission. Although Rockwood died in 1956, Elizabeth lived here until her death at the age of 103
1119 North 31 Street Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
2. 1119 North 31 Street Residence and Marker
in 1989.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 45° 47.457′ N, 108° 31.183′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is on North 31st Street near 11th Avenue North, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1119 North 31st Street, 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. 1123 North 31 Street (a few steps from this marker); 1115 North 31 Street (a few steps from this marker); Robert (Bob) Martin (within shouting distance of this marker); 1125 North 31 Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 1111 North 31 Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 1110 North 31 Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 1102 North 31 Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 1143 North 31 Street (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 8, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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