Where did the summer go?
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 email@example.com if you are interested.
Preservation Idaho is dedicated to preserving
the state's historic and cultural treasures
through education and advocacy.
Collister Neighborhood Bike Tour: Members Only!
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.
Advocacy Committee Report: White Knight Still Sought
Preservation 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
17th & 18th Streets
Boise's North End
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!
Education Committee Report
The 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.
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. You'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.
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.
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...
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 email@example.com.
New and renewing member organizations since May 2011:
New and renewing members since May 2011:
Jeff & Darcy Anderson
Konnie & Don Baines
Mark & Julie Baltes
Sue & Chris Baughn
Kate & Jim Gentles
Jan & Anna Marie Boles
Julie Braun Williams
Barbara & Joe Brennan
Eve & Thomas Chandler
Cheri & Steve Clausen
John & Dianne Crowe
Nancy & Bruce Dreher
Carolyn & Charles Eiriksson
Bev & Bill Fraser
John & Sheri Freemuth
| Joseph Gallagher
Lorraine Gross & Kevin Peter
Arthur A. Hart
Stephanie & Alex Homaechevarria
Charles & Calista Hummel
Paul Kurtz & Ellen Druckenbrod
Peter & Cyndy Lounsbury
Richard & Jan McDowell
Sally & Mike McNees
David & Yoshie Nordling
Janet & Owen Orndorff
| Emily Perkins
Donald Plum & Cherie Cole
Patricia & Daniel Rathmann
Betty & Jack Robertson
Dan & Mary Rothenbuhler
Shirley & Dan Schorzman
Tom & Susan Soniville
R. Michael Southcombe
Susan M. Stacy
James & Elizabeth Stricker
Ken & Ann Swanson
Tom Todrank & Karen McPeak
John Walker, Jr.
Margo & Charles Walter
James Wolf & Dinu Mistry
Holli & Ryan Woodings
Kathleen Yochum & Steve Cox