Campaign to Restore Fort Boise's Historic Surgeon's Quarters
Preservation Idaho is committed to raising $70,000 to fund the exterior and interior rehabilitation of this building. The Veterans Administration will pay for the cost of rehabilitating the rest of the building into a functional historic/administrative building for the next 150 years.
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.
Hundreds of items were found including square nails, slate, marbles, children’s toys, lamp shade fragments, linoleum, a polo game ticket, coins, a bone crochet needle, bullet casings, animal bones, earlier foundations and many others artifacts. Visitors and youth...
Since 1977, Preservation Idaho has hosted the annual Orchids & Onions Awards, a ceremony designed to celebrate those individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation, and in turn, to bring awareness to those projects which have shown an insensitivity to the state's cultural history. Read more »
For 40 years, Preservation Idaho has worked to protect historic places of significance to Idahoans. Though at times limited in its ability to affect real change outside of the Treasure Valley, Preservation Idaho has worked across the state in small ways and large to preserve the architecture and history that makes Idaho unique. Read about some of our past efforts »
Across the state of Idaho, individual landmarks, significant landscapes, and historic districts are threatened by neglect, development, inappropriate alterations, and a lack of knowledge about the importance of historic places. Preservation Idaho works to answers these threats through advocacy and education, but we cannot do it alone. Read more »