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Idaho Architecture Project

The Idaho Architecture Project is an online catalog of historic properties contributed by students and community members throughout the state. The goal of the project is to raise awareness about the value of these buildings and the stories they tell, while educating the public about the importance of preservation in maintaining Idaho’s cultural heritage.

History of Idaho Architecture Project (IAP)

The IAP was started as the Boise Architecture Project (BAP) by Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher Doug StanWiens in 2006. Students at Boise and Timberline high schools learned about local history while developing an understanding and appreciation for different architectural styles and their connection to history. They were able to contribute their research to the Boise community through the BAP website while gaining skills in photography, oral history interviews, research and project management.
BAP students added almost 200 buildings to this collection and contributed a video series, Building Boise, highlighting Boise’s history. View the Building Boise Video Collection.

BAP students at Cole School Rally in 2009


Holly Funk, Education Committee Chairman 



Service Learning Projects

We continue to work with teachers statewide to incorporate the IAP into their curriculum by making recommendations for classroom engagement based on learning objectives and desired project outcomes. Contact Us to learn more.

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  • 2009 City of Boise Arts and History Cultural Initiatives Grant recipient
  • 2009 Idaho Humanities Council Grant recipient
  • 2008 Preservation Idaho Orchid Award
  • 2008 AASLH Award of Merit