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Fall in Boise

In this issue:

Where did the summer go?

Dear Members:

Fall is just about here, and all of us at Preservation Idaho are busy planning the Annual Heritage Home Tour on Sunday, October 2. Please plan to attend and spread the word to friends and family. More detailed information is available on our website.

We are happy to announce Doug StanWiens, an advanced placement teacher at Boise High School, is the newest addition to the Preservation Idaho board of directors. Mr. StanWiens will serve as committee chair to the long-anticipated Education Committee. In addition, the Boise Architecture Project, a new-media project established by Doug and run by his students, will be brought under the Preservation Idaho umbrella. We look forward to furthering this partnership to broaden the education element of our mission statement.

The membership committee has been working hard to increase member benefits, and we are pleased to announce a members-only bike tour of the Collister Neighborhood on Sunday, October 9. Scroll down for registration details.

May’s Orchid and Onions event was held at the historic Train Depot in Weiser. It was a great success, far surpassing expectations for attendance! Thanks to all the deserving recipients for their hard work, dedication and excellence in historic preservation.

The summer ArchWalk series continues to be a profitable program with tours featuring Boise's Central Addition, Jefferson & Bannock Streets, 17th & 18th Streets, and the Fairview Park Neighborhood. There a still a few tickets available for the Fairview Park Neighborhood 12:00 p.m. ArchWalk on Thursday, September 29.

Our volunteer coordinator, Sarah McGuire, is looking for individuals who are interested serving on committees, helping out with the upcoming Home Tour and future projects. Email Sarah at if you are interested.


Mission Statement:
Preservation Idaho is dedicated to preserving
the state's historic and cultural treasures
through education and advocacy.
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Nancy Richardson
Nancy Richardson

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Upcoming Events

September 16-18 Hyde Park Street Fair; Preservation Idaho will have a booth
September 22 Modernism 101, Idaho Modern Lunch & Learn
September 22 2011 Boise Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Art & History
September 24 Capital City Public Market; Preservation Idaho is the bell-ringer and will have a booth!
September 29 ArchWalk featuring the Fairview Park Neighborhood. Space still available at noon.
October 2 Heritage Homes Tour
October 9 Collister Neighborhood Bike Tour presented by Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. tours, a members-only event.
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Collister Neighborhood Bike Tour: Members Only!

Salt Tears
Collister Neighborhood

Presented by Salt Tears Coffeehouse & Noshery

Sunday, October 9, 2011
10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Free to current members

Registration is required. Start location will be emailed upon successful online registration. Each tour is limited to 20 participants.

About the Tour
The bike tour will include the 1910 Collister School (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), several turn-of-the-century homes, and the 1912 Spanish mission style Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Collister area is unique in Boise, as it has an overlay zoning, Sycamore Agricultural Overlay District, which allows for urban farms and animals. Tour guide will be Elizabeth Young.

Bike tour participants will receive a 15% discount at Salt Tears on the day of the tour. Please note: Salt Tears closes at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Register for 10:00 a.m. tour Register for 1:00 p.m. tour
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Advocacy Committee Report: White Knight Still Sought

Jones and Fowler HousesPreservation Idaho has been busy in the two and a half months since Boise first learned of the threats to Central Addition. At least a dozen individuals have been shown through the two houses on South 5th Street – a number that does not include over one hundred participants in June’s sold-out ArchWalk. However, despite the interest, no one has stepped forward to prevent the demolition of the Fowler House and Preservation Idaho needs your help.

After the publication of a front-page article in the Idaho Statesman on June 27th Preservation Idaho was inundated with phone calls from interested members of the public. Some were willing to consider accepting and relocating one or both of the buildings, while others just had good ideas about who might have the financial wherewithal for such a project and how best to reach out to them. In the intervening weeks, we have followed up on each of those leads. With one exception, each has eventually grown cold.

Since late June, we have been busy exploring options for the relocation of the houses. Specifically, we pursued the possibility of relocating one or both of the houses within the Central Addition neighborhood. Despite our best efforts, it seems unlikely that we will be able to find a permanent site for either house within the neighborhood. With that option unlikely, we have explored alternative possibilities in which the threatened structures would be moved outside of Central Addition.

We are pleased to report that one individual has come forward with a willingness to dismantle and elsewhere reconstruct the smaller of the two buildings – the Beck House at 411 S. 5th Street. The Fowler House, the larger of the two, has attracted far more interest but no permanent commitments to ownership and relocation. Both houses have received a brief reprieve. Trilogy Development’s original application for the construction of surface parking lot was to be heard by the Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission on the 12th of September. However, they have asked for a two month delay and their hearing has been rescheduled for the 7th of November. Though this development has re-set the countdown towards demolition, the stay is only temporary. Trilogy intends to move forward with their plans when approved by the city.

Preservation Idaho needs your help in order to prevent the demolition of the 1894 Fowler House. Any offer to relocate the building will be considered. We have identified potential lots for sale in the downtown core and have done initial work to price the cost of the house’s relocation. If you have an empty lot or an interest in relocating the structure, please contact Dan Everhart at

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17th and 18th Streets

Register Now for the Heritage Homes Tour!

Sunday, October 2, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
17th & 18th Streets
Boise's North End

$20 members

Go to the Members Registration Page for this year’s Heritage Homes Tour.

This self-guided walking tour will start at McAuley Park at the corner of Resseguie Street and Harrison Boulevard. The tour takes about two hours to complete and includes walking several blocks. This is a rare opportunity to view the interiors of these historic homes!

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Education Committee Report

Boise Architecture ProjectThe Education Committee is up and running! Over the last two meetings, members have been getting to know the structure of the Boise Architecture Project (BAP), which has recently joined Preservation Idaho, and have been discussing possible approaches to enriching Preservation Idaho’s educational focus. We are considering a three-pronged approach to increasing preservation education for young people in Idaho. This approach would focus separate programs for the fourth, ninth, and eleventh grades in Idaho schools, recognizing that those years are most likely when students would be studying local or U.S. history and whose teachers might be open to partnering with Preservation Idaho. One strength is certainly the addition of the BAP, which is an established new media education project that could be used in all three grades and has already been active at several Boise schools. Certainly, the Education Committee is looking to identify teachers and schools throughout Idaho who would enjoy partnering with us to identify and develop local resources that would enhance the teaching of local and national history. Please let us know whom to contact in your area.

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Idaho Modern Walking Tour

Idaho Modern Committee Report

Idaho Modern had a summer filled with mid-century fun!

In June, Tully Gerlach gave a stellar walking tour of Boise State University’s modern architecture and campus design.

For First Thursday in July, Dan Everhart sold out our bike tour of downtown Boise's mid-century architectural jewels and ended the night with drinks and conversation with participants at the Modern Hotel.

Coming up on Thursday September 22nd from noon - 1pm is Lunch and Learn: Modernism 101, an entertaining slide show defining mid-century architectural styles, using Idaho buildings as examples. The event is free and at the WaterCooler, located at the corner of 14th and Idaho, downtown Boise's home to emerging and innovative businesses. Idaho ModernYou're welcome to bring your lunch with you!

Stay tuned to hear more about Idaho Modern’s first annual Hipster Halloween House Party coming up in October.

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Old Idaho Penitentiary

Boise Mayor’s Awards Recognizes Fellow Preservationists

Every two years, the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Art & History celebrate people, organizations, and businesses that have contributed to Boise’s artistic and cultural community. This year’s recipients include some fellow preservationists:

  • Business Support for History: Planmakers, John Bertram (Preservation Idaho Vice President)
  • Excellence in History Education: Doug StanWiens, Boise School District (Preservation Idaho board member and Education Committee chair)
  • Excellence in History – Individual: Mark Baltes (former Preservation Idaho board member)

The event honoring the award recipients will be held Thursday, September 22, at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, with a buffet dinner celebrating arts, history, and local culture. The event will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Percent for Art program in the City of Boise. The Department of Arts & History will host the event, and Mayor Bieter will present the awards.

Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.

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From the Blog Roll

Architectural Kitsch

Amy Pence-Brown shares her passion for the souvenir plate in Architectural Kitsch: What Do You Collect?

The Threatened and the Lost

Tully Gerlach outlines the struggle for Central Addition in The Threatened and the Lost.

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Collegiate Modernism

In conjuntion with his Idaho Modern walking tour this past July, Tully blogged about The Rise and Fall and Rise of Collegiate Modernism.

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Sandpoint DepotSandpoint Depot Featured on National Trust Website

The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently published an article about the efforts to preserve the Sandpoint Depot which featured Aric Spence, current Preservation Idaho board member. As reported:

For residents of Sandpoint, Idaho, the sound of a train whistle signals a job well done. Following years of uncertainty, the historic Sandpoint Burlington Northern Railway Station (now known as the Sandpoint Train Station) will remain the Idaho town's train stop after the City of Sandpoint, Amtrak, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway reached a tentative agreement in late June. The written agreement, which officials and residents hope will be finalized this fall, comes after many options for the National Register-listed depot were considered—including abandoning the historic structure and building a new depot outside of town.

Read the entire article...

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SAH-MDR Annual Conference in Boise

October 7-9, 2011
Taming the West: Changing Landscapes and Resource Extraction

Program and registration are now available for the 2011 Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians - Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter.


Oneida Stake Academy Foundation Receives $100,000 Anonymous Gift

Oneida Stake Academy circa 1917On June 24, the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation received a $100,000 gift from the family of a Preston High School alumnus who wishes to remain anonymous. An additional $50,000 will be matched by the Murdock Charitable Trust of Washington. Funds will be used to repair the front façade of the building damaged during an earthquake in the 1960s. Read more...

The Oneida Stake Academy Foundation, along with the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, was awarded a Friend of Preservation Orchid Award in 2004.

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Historic Barns of Southeastern IdahoHistoric Barns of Southeastern Idaho:
A Self-Guided Driving Tour

Thanks to the folks at the Bear River Heritage Area for their permission to include this great self-guided driving tour of Historic Barns of Southeastern Idaho in Preservation Idaho's Self-Guided Tours section of our website.

Download the tour (pdf)

» Do you have a self-guided tour featuring historic structures or resources in Idaho? If you would like to share it with us, please email

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Thank You

New and renewing member organizations since May 2011:


New and renewing members since May 2011:

Abigail Adams
Jan Alden
Jeff & Darcy Anderson
Kathryn Arneson
Konnie & Don Baines
Laurie Baker
Mark & Julie Baltes
Sue & Chris Baughn
Paula Benson
Kate & Jim Gentles
Jan & Anna Marie Boles
Edward Bracht
Julie Braun Williams
Barbara & Joe Brennan
Phyllis Burda
Richard Carter
Denise Caruzzi
Steve Castenada
Eve & Thomas Chandler
Scott Chandler
Shirley Chastain
Gary Christensen
Stephanie Clarkson
Cheri & Steve Clausen
Laurie Crookston
John & Dianne Crowe
Charlene Curry
Nancy Davis
Barbara Dawson
Ann DeBolt
Debra Despot
Nancy & Bruce Dreher
Carolyn & Charles Eiriksson
Michael Fery
Sharon Fisher
Nick Fluge
Bev & Bill Fraser
John & Sheri Freemuth
Joseph Gallagher
Susan Graham
Lorraine Gross & Kevin Peter
Gary Hanes
Arthur A. Hart
Stephanie & Alex Homaechevarria
Rusty Houtz
Charles & Calista Hummel
Molly Humphreys
Rhonda Jameson
Karen Jennings
Lisa Johnson
Marla Krigbaum
Paul Kurtz & Ellen Druckenbrod
Sandra Lancaster
Ellen Larson
Elaine Leppert
Stephen Loop
Peter & Cyndy Lounsbury
Barbara Luque
Debby McClure
Richard & Jan McDowell
Sally & Mike McNees
Phillip Mead
Robin Metz
Kathi Meyers
Susanne Miller
Palmer Morrow
Judy Mortimer
Darla Neeley
Pam Nokkentved
David & Yoshie Nordling
Molly O'Leary
Janet & Owen Orndorff

Susie Osgood
Emily Perkins
Nadine Pierce
Donald Plum & Cherie Cole
Susan Pohl
Belinda Quilici
Chuck Randolph
Patricia & Daniel Rathmann
Betty & Jack Robertson
Sheri Robertson
Shauna Robinson
Dan & Mary Rothenbuhler
Sally Schmelzer
Shirley & Dan Schorzman
Tom & Susan Soniville
R. Michael Southcombe
Faye Spencer
Patricia Spofford
Susan M. Stacy
Doug StanWiens
James & Elizabeth Stricker
Rita Sturiale
Ken & Ann Swanson
Lynn Thayer
Carol Tice
Tom Todrank & Karen McPeak
John Walker, Jr.
Maria Walker
Margo & Charles Walter
Dave Wagers
Jesse Walters
Susan Waters
Marie Willis
Kenneth Winer
James Wolf & Dinu Mistry
Holli & Ryan Woodings
Kathleen Yochum & Steve Cox
Elizabeth Young
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