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Submitted by Stephanie Clarkson on April 2, 2015 - Comments: 0
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.
Submitted by Paula Benson on December 23, 2014 - Comments: 0
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.
Submitted by Carmen Morawski on August 7, 2014 - Comments: 0
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.
Submitted by Dan Everhart on July 13, 2014 - Comments: 0
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.
Submitted by Preservation Idaho on April 24, 2014 - Comments: 0
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.
Submitted by Preservation Idaho on November 9, 2013 - Comments: 0
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.
Submitted by Preservation Idaho on April 26, 2013 - Comments: 1
Boise, Idaho – April 25, 2013 – Preservation Idaho is pleased to announce the recipients of the 36th 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, and in turn to bring awareness to those projects that have shown insensitivity to the state’s cultural history.
Submitted by Preservation Idaho on February 19, 2013 - Comments: 0
Help Preservation Idaho celebrate the landscape and built environment that shaped Boise over the past 150 years by sharing your items from lost buildings. The exhibition, titled Remnants of Boise will display architectural relics from the last 150 years in Boise. Remnants of Boise is brought to you by the Boise City Department of Arts & History on behalf of BOISE 150 and in collaboration with Preservation Idaho.
Submitted by Nancy Foster Renk on October 29, 2012 - Comments: 1
Shoshone Co. courthouse in Wallace, Oct. 1985 If you take the Friday tour to the Silver Valley (The Big Burn and Idaho's Silver Valley, led by Nancy Richardson and Keith Petersen, a 2012 National Preservation Conference Field Session), you'll probably see the Shoshone County Courthouse on Bank Street. It's a handsome Neo-Classical Revival building designed in 1905 by two Spokane architects, Lewis R. Stritesky and Robert C. Sweatt. The walls use concrete blocks made from recycled mine tailings. This the third official courthouse for Shoshone County and Wallace is the third county seat. Yes, there have been a few changes in Shoshone County in more than 150 years.
Submitted by Nancy Foster Renk on October 17, 2012 - Comments: 9
I love railroad trestles. They have enough angles and diagonals to make me think that my 10th grade geometry class may have had more relevance that I realized at the time. Some of the best trestles in Idaho are found on the Camas Prairie Railroad, easily seen from U.S. Highway 95 when driving between Lapwai and Grangeville. And if you take a short detour through Ferdinand along Old Highway 95, you can drive right through Bridge 40, which crosses the road more than 120 feet above the pavement. (Bridge numbers match mile numbers; when there is more than one bridge in a one-mile segment, they are numbered consecutively with decimals, such as Bridge 21.1, 21.2, etc.)