Idaho Building

Bannock and 8th Sts., Boise, Idaho

Photos 

CORNER VIEW SHOWING NORTH AND WEST ELEVATIONS.

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Several four and six story buildings were constructed during Boise's early (1901-1913) "sky scraper era." Of them, the Idaho Building was the only one designed outside of Boise. For it, developer and real estate promoter Walter E. Pierce sought out Henry John Schlacks of Chicago. The Idaho Building was the grandest of several commercial buildings constructed for Pierce. The building, described by the local newspaper as Boise's "first sky scraper," marked the beginning of a new era in the architectural development of downtown Boise. Erected in time of prosperity, the building symbolizes the urban aspirations of Boise, indicated by the newspapers' many allusions to the city becoming another Chicago. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1978
Reference number
78001033
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Other architectural type; Second Renaisance Revival
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant year
1910

Update Log 

  • January 20, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • July 2, 2018: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • June 2, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER

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