Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Dow, Matthew, Building Contractor (firm); Houghton, Edwin W., Architect (firm); Matthew Dow (building contractor); Edwin Walker Houghton (architect)

Dates: constructed 1907-1908

2 stories

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114 North Broadway
Downtown, Billings, MT 59101

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The Babcock Theatre had the addresses 114-124 North 28th Street (later renamed Broadway) and 2808-2812 2nd Avenue North.

Building History

According to the National Park Service web site prepared on Billings, MT, buildings worthy of the being placed on the National Register of Historic Places: "The Babcock Theatre Building was one of the finest houses between the Midwest and West Coast when it opened on December 23, 1907. Under Criterion A, the Babcock Theatre Building served as an important anchor in the northern expansion of Billings' downtown from its origins along the railroad tracks and the Northern Pacific Depot. The building is linked to a range of uses important to the growth of culture and commerce in the city. Under Criterion C, the building is a significant downtown landmark. Designed by renowned Seattle theatre architect Edwin W. Houghton, the building, designed in the Two-Block Commercial style, contrasts with the more common Classical Revival styles of the surrounding area. In addition to a theatre, the building housed retail, residential, and office space." (See National Park, "National Register of Historic Places Program" Babcock Theatre Building," accessed 10/18/2019.)


The interior was remodeled extensively in the style of the Skouras Brothers, probably during the 1940s.

National Register of Historic Places (Listed 2013-04-09): 13000153 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 23181