The Preservation Idaho Advocacy Committee meets monthly to review threats to Idaho’s historic resources. Unfortunately, the committee often finds out about a potential historic loss at the 11th hour leaving little time to offer alternatives, alert the public, and contact key agencies.
Typically, the committee seeks historic background and photographs of a threatened building and reaches out to the owner(s) and local agencies to seek alternatives. Our role as advocates for preservation encourages us to write letters, speak up at public hearings, and share concerns with the media. With rapid growth in Idaho, Preservation Idaho’s mission of preserving Idaho’s historic places through education, collaboration and advocacy is being tested.
idaho state forester's building / The Cabin
The City of Boise is in the design phase of imagining a new Main Library building. We love the idea of a new library for Boise BUT, cautious preservationists have noticed that the initial proposed site plan does not make accommodations for saving the National Register Listed Historic Idaho State Forester's Building, constructed in 1940. The building is currently home to The Cabin, a non-profit literary arts center leasing the City-owned property adjacent to the Library. Click the boxes below for links to the National Register Listing Form, and our blog for information on how you can help.
west warm springs historic district
A new historic district may be coming under review by Boise City's Historic Preservation Commission. Early in 2018 Preservation Idaho learned that the owner of the Eoff/Brady/Hon House at 140 W. Main St. was looking for a partner to assist in rehabilitating this Queen Anne style home. The City of Boise heard that the home was potentially slated for demolition and acted quickly to raise the issue before City Council. An emergency moratorium was issued on demolition permits while the City begins the formal process of designating a new historic district in this area, neighboring the rapidly expanding St. Luke's General Hospital campus. Preservationists are happy to see the the City address the need to protect Boise's architectural history.
PLANNING AND ZONING APPROVED THE DISTRICT ON 10/1 AND MOVED IT TO THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION WHO WILL MEET ON 10/29. IF APPROVED, CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET ON 12/11 TO APPROVE OR DENY THE PROPOSED DISTRICT. PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND ANY OF THESE MEETINGS YOU CAN. WHETHER YOU TESTIFY OR NOT, YOUR PRESENCE TELLS THE CITY THAT THEY HAVE THE SUPPORT OF BOISE CITIZEN. THAT SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL TO ENCOURAGING THEM TO COMPLETE THE DISTRICT AS PROPOSED. PLEASE BE THERE-PLEASE EMAIL-LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.
Statewide county courthouses are threatened as municipalities struggle to maintain their historic courthouses. Many of these buildings are listed in the National Register and are great examples of early 1900's architectural styles. In 2016 the beautiful Jefferson County Courthouse was demolished. In 2002 the Old Ada County Courthouse (also known as the Capitol Annex) nearly saw the fate of the wrecking ball. The building has since been rehabilitated for a new use and we are so thankful to see it used today as the University of Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center.