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

1147 North 31 Street

North Elevation Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
1. 1147 North 31 Street Marker
Inscription.  Rapid changes in technology, industry, and social customs marked the Jazz Age of the 1920s. In the face of short skirts and speakeasies, many Americans longed for a supposedly simpler past. The Tudor style’s story-book charm and emblematic decorative half-timbering, prominent chimney, steeply pitched gable roofs, and multi-paned windows appealed to this nostalgia. While the exterior design reflected suburbanites’ ambivalence toward modernity, the homes themselves offered all the modern conveniences. The style was popular nationwide in the 1920s but is rare in the North Elevation neighborhood. By 1930, the one-story stucco and brick cottage was home to Henry and Mabel Coleman and their two children. A prominent Billings attorney, Henry arrived in Billings as a young lawyer in 1909 and dedicated himself to his adopted community as an avid booster, serving as an active Rotarian, alderman, and president of the Billings Commercial Club. Mabel was gifted golfer and bridge champion. The Colemans lived here until their deaths, Henry’s in 1962 and Mabel’s in 1969.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
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1147 North 31 Street Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
2. 1147 North 31 Street Residence and Marker
The marker is on the left side of the entrance.
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Buildings.
 
Location. 45° 47.502′ N, 108° 31.224′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is at the intersection of North 31st Street and 12th Avenue North, on the right when traveling north on North 31st Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1147 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. 1143 North 31 Street (a few steps from this marker); 1125 North 31 Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 1123 North 31 Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1119 North 31 Street (about 300 feet away); 1145 North 32 Street (about 400 feet away); 1115 North 31 Street (about 400 feet away); Robert (Bob) Martin (about 400 feet away); 1131 North 32 Street (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
 
1147 North 31 Street Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
3. 1147 North 31 Street Residence and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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