Archwalks 2018

ArchWalk season tickets are now on sale.  As usual, we are offering a noon (12:00 - 1:15 pm) ticket package and an evening (6:30-7:45PM) ticket package.  These ticket packages include all 5 ArchWalk tours given on the 4th Thursday of the summer months.

Below you can peruse the descriptions of this year's ArchWalks, and at the bottom of this page, you can select the season ticket package you would like to purchase. 

We have a great lineup of tours this year, and we are even venturing outside of Boise (but not too far, no worries!) with a walk through a beautiful historic neighborhood in Caldwell.  We are very excited to see you again and to join you in learning more stories about the places surrounding us.


May 24: Street Level, Eye Level, and Underfoot: Exploring History Along Grove and Broad Streets

Presented by Barbara Perry Bauer, Historian and TAG Historical Research Owner

Neighborhoods in Boise have been through many changes over the past decades especially those in the downtown core. In the 21st century, new buildings and roads have reshaped the city. Railroad tracks were removed.  Modern multi-story commercial and apartment buildings tower over downtown dominating the skyline. Once divided by railroad tracks Grove and Broad Streets still have historic buildings tucked below the high rises. Take a stroll along Grove and Broad Streets with Barbara Perry Bauer to discover the architecture, history, and hidden tidbits of this downtown area.  

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June 28: Atomic Amble: Glen Haven Tour

Presented by Melanie Folwell, Preservation Idaho Board Member & Local Designer

This quiet cul-de-sac in the Kootenai neighborhood is lined with trees and custom-designed homes typifying the mid-century modern aesthetic. One of the best-kept secrets in Boise, this street of beautiful ranchers, carports, and modern gems is also adjacent to an Art Troutner-designed home and Monroe Elementary, constructed in 1954 and a good example of the period's schools.

Melanie Folwell, Preservation Idaho board member and local designer, draws inspiration from the 50s and 60s for her work. She lives and works in the Depot Bench neighborhood, and Glen Haven is one of her favorite detours. 

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July 26: A Walk Around City Hall Block

Presented by Byron Folwell, Architect & Public Artist

Join architect and public artist, Byron Folwell for a walk around the City Hall block. Beginning with Byron's public art piece, "Four Stories", explore the history of this single city block throughout the last hundred years. Levy's alley, the original Chinatown, Boise brewing, and Idaho Statesman histories will all be discussed on this tour.

Byron is an Idaho native and a licensed architect and public artist. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, Preservation Idaho, and Idaho Modern. His design firm specializes in projects at the intersection of art, architecture, and preservation. He lives in Boise with his wife, a photographer and designer, with whom he shares a passionate love of their two children, their community, and their home state.


August 23: The Steunenberg Stroll

Presented by Jamee Fiore, Architectural Historian at the Idaho State Historical Society

The Steunenberg Historic District in Caldwell reflects ideals of city beautification and suburban planning. The neighborhood features beautiful tree-lined boulevards, parks, and stylish single-family residences. Homes within the District also illustrate the influence of many popular styles of architecture, both kit homes and architect-designed, from the 1890s to the 1950s. Stroll through the National Register listed neighborhood to learn a bit about Caldwell's history with Jamee Fiore, Architectural Historian at the Idaho State Historical Society.



September 27: The Near West End: Old-Timers and Newcomers

Presented by Dan Everhart, Architectural Historian

Join architectural historian Dan Everhart to explore the fascinating history of the Near West End. This neighborhood at the edge of downtown is a diverse mixture of building types, styles, and uses but new additions, new neighbors, and new development may forever change this unique corner of the city. Participants will get a chance to tour Sturiale Place – a restaurant which occupies a house moved from Central Addition by Rita Sturiale in 2015.