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

North Elevation Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
1. North Elevation Historic District Marker
Inscription.  Austin and Hattie North established the North Elevation Subdivwalking distance of McKinley Elementary and Billings’ downtown, “the Elevation” was a commonsense extension for the Yellowstone River Valley’s fastest growing city. The Elevation Company, owned by the Norths promoted lots with panoramic views of the city and promises of living near “the best families in Billings.” Early promotional literature emphasized the subdivision’s walkability—including its concrete sidewalks—as well as a potential streetcar system that would link the neighborhood to downtown. By 1913, the neighborhood’s promoters had embraced the automobile, advertising the subdivision’s “fine auto drives” and its miles of “smooth graded roads.” With the construction of the “new” St. Vincent’s Hospital, Deaconess Hospital (now Billings Clinic), and Eastern Montana Normal School (now MSU-Billings) in the 1920s, the neighborhood became home to teachers and doctors, as well as civic leaders. The current North Elevation Historic District is defined by Twelfth Avenue to the north, Ninth Avenue to the south, Thirty-Second
North Elevation Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
2. North Elevation Historic District Marker
Street to the west and the alley behind Thirtieth Street to the east. There are over 100 contributing homes in the district and over 60 of them are in the Craftsman style. These homes are identified by their wide overhanging eaves, projecting rafters, bands of windows, and the use of natural materials. There are also two contributing commercial properties within the district.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Buildings.
 
Location. 45° 47.35′ N, 108° 31.21′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue F and North 32nd Street, in the median on Avenue F. The marker is in a small, triangular park bounded by branches of Avenue F and North 32nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. 1109 North 32 Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1040 North 31 Street (about 400 feet away); 1111 North 32 Street (about 400 feet away); 1102 North 31 Street (about 400 feet away); 1110 North 31 Street (about 500 feet away); Tenth Avenue Grocery (about 500 feet away); 1111 North 31 Street
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(about 600 feet away); 1109 North 31 Street (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
 
Also see . . .  North Elevation could be Billings' first historic residential neighborhood -- Billings Gazette. The Billings North Elevation neighborhood, a charming collection of Craftsman Bungalow, Pioneer and Tudor-style homes, is poised to become the city’s first residential historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Submitted on February 11, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 11, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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