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. Read more »
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 more »
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. Read more »
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. Read more »
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. Read more »
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. Read more »
THANK YOU to everyone who supported Preservation Idaho on Idaho Gives Day on May 7th. We netted just over $1200 that will go towards furthering our mission of "Preserving Idaho's historic places through collaboration, education, and advocacy" Thank you for your support because we can't do it without you! We have a busy summer and we hope to see you at one of our Upcoming Events.
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.Read more »