150 Boise icons: Hyde Park

Idaho StatesmanJuly 1, 2013 

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Did you know? The 1907 Immanuel Methodist Episcopal Church is one anchor of the Hyde Park neighborhood. Tourtellotte and Hummel designed the church — now home to the Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Arts. The organization is renovating the building. Before its reincarnation as an arts center, Preservation Idaho included the church on its list of the most endangered historic sites in the state

IDAHO STATESMAN FILE — Idaho Statesman

The neighborhood, established in 1891, was among the first suburban developments outside the city's original downtown core.

Around 1890, the year Idaho became a state, the city was in the midst of a building boom.

Investors platted several new "subdivisions" between 1890 and 1893, including Central Addition (near where Concordia Law School sits now), two subdivisions in South Boise (near where Boise State sits now) and four north of Fort, clustered around 13th Street: Brumback, Bryon, Lemp and Hyde Park.

The Boise Rapid Transit company laid tracks on 13th Street in 1893, spurring more settlement in the area. Thirteenth Street was unpaved at the time, but crews laid a strip of bricks and installed rails down the middle of the street, said historian Barbara Perry Bauer, author of "Treasure Valley's Electric Railway."

The investors who platted the North End subdivisions intended from the beginning that their developments would be both residential and commercial, said Perry Bauer.

The plan worked. The intersection of 13th and Eastman Street became a commercial hub, complete with an Odd Fellows Lodge and shops offering everything from dresses to freshly cut meat. Only South Boise had a neighborhood shopping area outside the city center equivalent to that of Hyde Park, say city historians. Hyde Park had a post office at 13th and Eastman and a newspaper oddly named the Hyde Park Radio that began publishing in 1923.

The origins of the Hyde Park name likely harked back to the Hyde Park neighborhood in London, said historian John Bertram. Eventually, the name caught on as the general name for the North 13th Street area.

Many of Hyde Park's historic buildings stand today. They include the Odd Fellows building at 1607 N. 13th St. It was built in 1902, the first two-story brick building in the neighborhood.

The Waymire Building at 1521 N. 13th was built in 1909. It's unique for being built entirely of cement bricks. The Waymires ran a grocery store on the ground floor and lived in apartments upstairs.

Longtime businesses include Riebe's Shoe Repair, which opened its first Boise store in 1906, moved to 13th Street in 1920 and is still open today.

In 1980, the city designated Hyde Park as a local historic district. In 1982, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

North 13th Street.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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