The Idaho Statesman is marking Boise's 150th anniversary by highlighting 150 classic icons that help make Boise the city it is. Readers, staffers, local historians and others have contributed to the evolving list. The icons will appear in the paper and online (in no particular order0 leading up to the citywide birthday celebration in July. Nominate your own local icon and tell us why: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Belgravia, built in 1904, was one of the city's first apartment buildings and one of its toniest addresses. The Romanesque-style building had room for between 20 and 30 families according to Boise Architecture Project researchers.
Its original construction cost, $70,000, was a bargain considering the building has stood for more than a century with most of its original materials, doors and light fixtures intact.
Its locally quarried sandstone walls are thick - two feet at the basement level, decreasing to a foot-and-a-half at roof height. The roof is galvanized iron, both fire- and sound-proof. Some of the Belgravia's original inhabitants enjoyed upscale amenities that included hot water and indoor plumbing. No wonder some called the Belgravia "the castle." - 1205 S. 5th St.
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