Some have called the concrete spire in the corner of the Hoff Building's parking lot at 8th and Jefferson streets Boise's miniature skyscraper. Some have speculated that the 25-foot object is a model of the Empire State Building.
It's actually a remnant from the old Inland Coca-Cola Building Co. plant that stood at 12th and Idaho streets.
In 1979, when the pop plant was being torn down to make way for a parking lot, forward-thinking Boiseans - including planner and design consultant John Bertram plus Phil Murelaga, one of the Hoff Building owners - helped save the 5-ton spire.
A crane moved it to its present site, where it remains a piece of public art. Its art-deco style - vertical lines, a sense of aerodynamics and geometry - is in harmony with its bigger cousin, the Hoff Building.
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