Preservation Idaho

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Boise has designated the Central Addition neighborhood as the city’s first LIV district, an area “that inspires and engages residents...to address sustainability and develop a balanced approach to life, work, and play.” However, this part of Boise has been the location of many historic homes from as early as the 1890s. Idaho Matters talks to preservationists about the impact of these old homes during an upcoming tour of some of the houses. 

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A new historic district on the fringe of downtown Boise goes into effect and it could save some historic homes. Host Gemma Gaudette talks to Dan Everhart, Outreach Historian at the State Historic Preservation Office and Paula Benson with Preservation Idaho.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise City Council created a new historic district Tuesday evening. Located on the fringes of downtown, the designation for the area is another step in protecting a stately home many considered threatened in the summer.


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The historic homes along Warm Springs will be highlighted in the 16th Annual Heritage Homes Tour on October 7. Sponsored by Preservation Idaho, the event draws attention to various neighborhoods in Ada County to maintain the architectural legacy of Boise's past. We speak with organizers of the tour and look at why it is important to preserve homes in the region.

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The clock is ticking to save a historic home just east of downtown Boise. The city has put a 182-day moratorium in place preventing demolition or alteration of the stately house on West Main Street.

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After discussing future plans for Boise’s Highlands Elementary for more than a year, the Boise School District decided to tear down the 1961 campus and start from scratch.

Several criteria were evaluated before making the call to tear down the old campus nestled in north Boise, including educational impact and safety and budgetary constraints.

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Every year, the nonprofit group Preservation Idaho puts on its Heritage Home Tour, spotlighting unique neighborhoods around Boise. This Sunday’s 15th annual tour takes us to the Randolph Robertson neighborhood on the Bench.

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A Halloween activity growing in popularity is that of cemetery tours. These guided tours are designed not only to provide a little scare, but usually include a lot of history about the cemetery and the people buried there.

Preservation Idaho, which works to preserve historic sites in the state, is hosting a tour Sunday of Boise's Cloverdale Cemetery. It’s known for its resident swans and a group of reindeer which live on the premises.

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Boise is known as the City of Trees, and one man had a lot to do with that title. Walter Pierce planted 7,000 trees in Boise. One of the neighborhoods he built, and some of his trees, will be part of a tour this weekend.

Walter Pierce was a land locator and surveyor in the late 1800s. When he started a business in Boise in 1890 he platted several Boise neighborhoods, including Elm Grove Park west of Harrison Boulevard in the North End.

1905 photo courtesy of the Idaho State Archives & Library

A group of dedicated historians and preservationists are working to educate people and protect downtown Boise’s historic architecture, one weekend at a time.

The non-profit group Preservation Idaho has started up weekly tours of the city, called WalkAbout Boise.

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Nestled in the Hagerman Valley sits the only structure in Idaho designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Known as Teater’s Knoll, this artist retreat was built in 1952.