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Since November of 2012, the landmark Spaulding Ranch on Boise’s West Bench has been a site of concern to Preservation Idaho. Threatened with subdivision and tract housing development despite its status as a Boise City Historic District and its listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the 20 acre property has recently won an unexpected reprieve.
For fifteen years, Preservation Idaho has defended the historic Ada County Courthouse in Boise and its collection of New Deal art from calls for demolition, removal, or concealment. Our latest efforts to see the most controversial element of the mural collection displayed and interpreted is documented below in our letter to the University of Idaho's College of Law. For additional information on this historic landmark and other New Deal architecture in Boise, click here.
The largest O&O audience ever, assembled at the beautiful Sandpoint Business and Events Center (former Sandpoint High School) for our 38th Annual Orchids & Onions Awards. Thirteen Orchids representing the best in historic preservation from around the state were recongnized and celebrated.
Over 150 people attended and enjoyed the celebration along with a great lunch and time to enjoy beautiful Sandpoint. Later that afternoon, the Orchid winning Sanpoint Train Depot, was dedicated with a large crowd attending the ribbon cutting.
THANK YOU to everyone who supported Preservation Idaho on Idaho Gives Day on May 7th. We netted just over $1200 that will go towards furthering our mission of "Preserving Idaho's historic places through collaboration, education, and advocacy" Thank you for your support because we can't do it without you! We have a busy summer and we hope to see you at one of our Upcoming Events.
Idaho Modern’s 4th annual Modern Masters highlighted the work of Kenneth Brooks. It took place on a stormy evening in the Hospitality Center at the Intermountain Gas Company Headquarters. There were limited tickets available for a tour of the complex prior to the lecture. IMG operations manager, Byron Defenbach was a superb tour guide highlighting company history and pointing out efforts the company has taken to preserve the integrity of the building. The complex was built in 1965 by Kenneth Brooks, an architect from Spokane, Washington.
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Saturday, December 8th, was a rainy day in Boise but even Mother Nature loves our rehabilitation project at Building 4/Surgeon's Quarters at Fort Boise/VAMC and she couldn't resist drying out the clouds and clearing the skies for us. As most of you know, Preservation Idaho has had an ambitious project going at Building 4/Surgeon's Quarters for much of 2014 and, with the help of many groups and individuals; we have made amazing progress bringing this 1860's building back to much of its former glory.
Although I've lived in Boise for over twenty five years, I'd never been to the V.A. medical Center until a recent Saturday morning. I'd never had a reason to go. I wasn't a patient, and I didn't know anyone who was. Besides, I make a point of steering clear of hospitals and doctors when I can.
Some 30 archeologists from around Idaho participated in a June dig under the front porch of the former Surgeon’s Quarters now known as Building 4 at the Boise VA Medical Center. The decaying front porch, which will be rebuilt to its original design, gave collaborators Preservation Idaho, the University of Idaho, and the Idaho Archaeological Society an opportunity to explore artifacts related to past inhabitants and identify hidden architectural features.
Boise, Idaho – April 22, 2014 – Preservation Idaho is pleased to announce the recipients of the 37th Annual Orchids and Onions Awards.
Every year, Preservation Idaho hosts the Orchids and Onions Awards, an awards ceremony designed to celebrate individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation in Idaho, and in turn to bring awareness to those projects that have shown insensitivity to the state’s cultural history.
An unfortunate fire, perhaps arson, has halted Preservation Idaho's effort to save and rehabilitate two turn of the century homes in Boise's Central Addition. Preservation Idaho has been working behind the scenes to find a supportive buyer for the property. We have also led a number of walking tours of the neighborhood to educate the public on the importance of incorporating historic buildings into the area's future re-development. The 2nd Empire style home at 416 S. 4th St. with its elaborate exterior and interior was an exceptional lose (first picture). Preservation Idaho will attempt to salvage what remains.