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Boise School District's bond was passed on March 14th. The approval of a $172 million dollar program will fund improvements at over 20 campuses. Preservation Idaho supports the work of the school district and our goal now is to work with them to ensure that Boise's precious historic schools are preserved and remodeled sensitively so that their significant characteristics remain intact and future generations of students can continue to walk campuses whose buildings reflects the past AND the future.
Submitted by Paula Benson on December 22, 2016 - Comments: 0
This recent article in Boise Weekly by Harrison Berry highlights the "fight" to preserve open space in Boise and around the state and, in particular, looks at the future of Spaulding Ranch. Preservation Idaho has pushed to be involved and stay involved in the decisions that are being made as to how to use the property for the good of the city. Maintenance of the buildings, the trees, and the historic stone fence along Cole Road are all issues that are up for discussion.
Read How One Portland Neighborhood Banded Together To Save An Important Landmark.
The Ocobock Mansion, with a long and interesting history, was headed for demoliton before a Northeast Portland Neighborhood got involved.
The 1913 Mansion was a fixture in Portland's African-American community and it is rumored that Martin Luther King visited the house in 1961.
It's also a story of how buildings in the National Register of Historic Places can be taken off the Register and demolished!
The Idaho Business Review has a great article on the important events that contributed to the development of Boise as we know it. The article explains the true history behind Wallace Stegner's iconic book, "Angle of Repose", the history of Arthur and Mary Foote, and highlights a project to create an interpretive center on the site where their beautiful lava rock home stood.
The Idaho Heritage Barns register has been established with barns and agricultural outbuildings that are already listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Additional barns can be recorded on a streamlined data form similar to that used by the Washington State barns program. The modified form is available on the website and includes illustrations of architectural features and terminology for easy use in recording the structures, as well as who to contact for for technical assistance.
Submitted by Paula Benson on December 12, 2015 - Comments: 0
SAVING HISTORY – RELOCTED VICTORIAN SHINES AGAIN
Through the collaboration of Preservation Idaho, developer Local Construct, Western States Movers, and owner Rita Sturiale, the ca. 1893 historic Victorian Wood House has been relocated to 1501 W. Jefferson Street, where it will begin a new future as an antique shop and specialty café.
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.