1115 North 31st Street

North Elevation Historic District

The prominent brick chimney that dominates the façade of this one-story clapboard home pays homage to the Tudor style. The open front porch, wide overhanging eaves, and exposed roof beams are common Craftsman style features. Frieda Kohn lived here in 1920 with her husband Jerome, a cigar salesman who believed “in going after business rather than waiting for business to come to him.” That year Jerome sold enough subscriptions to the Billings Gazette to win $300 in gold. Had he won the grand prize, a Hudson sedan, he would have had to park it on the street. Unlike most of its neighbors, the house did not have a garage until after 1958. Optometrist Albert Hoose and his wife Alise owned the residence in the 1930s, but the home’s longest occupants were Norman and Julia Bell. The couple moved here as newlyweds in 1939. An oral surgeon in practice with his father, Norman grew up down the street at 1023. Norman died in 1987; Julia, who owned a knitting store, remained in residence until her death in 2001.

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1115 North 31st Street, Billings, Montana ~ private