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. Read more »
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. Read more »
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. Read more »
A few weeks ago I toured one of Boise’s most architecturally significant homes from the mid-20th century. Designed by Jedd Jones of the Boise architectural firm of Hummel, Hummel, and Jones, the house at 105 E. Highland Drive was designed in 1967 for Ethel Chapman—owner of The Mode department store in downtown Boise.
Welcome to the Preservation Idaho website and its latest addition, this blog. The website was launched without much fanfare about a year ago and is a vast improvement on its predecessor. Over the last year, we have been able to accept donations and event registrations on-line; inform our members, friends, and the public about our mission, purpose, and programs, and more quickly update the site to more effectively communicate with our constituents. Preservation Idaho 2.0, as I like to call it, was made possible by a generous grant from the Idaho State Historical Society through their Community Grant Program. Read more »