Friday evening we had a quick look at a half dozen apartments in downtown Billings. Most of these were apartments carved out of 2nd or higher floor older buildings with the infrastructure often visible on the ceilings. The interior design on all of them looked like it was done by the same person or at least the same firm: nice kitchens with small built in appliances, tables to eat in the kitchen and watch the cook in action, a decent bathroom and a smallish bedroom, and maybe a sitting area. The nicest ones, at least to us, were the ones in the Carlin and the Stapleton building.
I'm glad we went as I had thought that loft apartments were fairly luxurious pads for well-off folks who didn't have to worry about a family. Some of those available might fit this category but most were fairly plain. One location was called SoPO: it took a minute or two to realize this was "south of the Post Office." They claim that the trains do not blow their whistles now. Hmm. I wonder if the restoration of the Babcock building will have some of these.