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.
Bringing History to Life for Idaho's School Children
The Time Machine is a comprehensive learning kit distributed to schools around the state by Preservation Idaho. Based on the Bown House heritage program, The Time Machine provides information pertaining to history, geography, agriculture, and social customs. Read more »
Here you will find a collection of self-guided tours of historical sites and buildings throughout the state. Most are walking tours, but some of them might require the use of a bike or automobile to see all the tour highlights. Read more »
In addition to our guided summer ArchWalk tours and our weekly summer WalkAbout Boise and WalkABout Idaho Falls tours, Preservation Idaho can create a customized guided tour of a specific area or topic of interest for you. This service is available year-round. Read more »