Time running out to relocate Boise's Knudsen House

Boise - The Idaho StatesmanJuly 22, 2013 

The Knudsen House at 603 W. Franklin St. in Boise.


Time is running out to save Boise's historic Knudsen House at 603 W. Franklin St.

The Idaho Division of Public Works is accepting bids from anyone interested in buying the 1905 Dutch Colonial Revival home that once belonged to Morris Hans Knudsen, cofounder of Morrison-Knudsen.

The state is also accepting bids from those interested in buying the home to demolish and salvage the materials.

The state needs to clear the property in order to build a parking garage in the future. You can read more about the building's situation and history in Idaho Statesman articles here and here.

Public Works hasn't received any bids yet, but that's to be expected, Project Manager Martin Santoyo said.

"We are encouraged by the interest we've seen, but (there are) no bids yet. Everyone always waits until the last minute," Santoyo said. "There were six open houses in addition to individual appointments."

Mark Baltes, a member of the North End Neighborhood Association, is one of a handful of Boise historians who have tried to find people interested in moving the house in order to save it.

Baltes said several people are very interested but are struggling to acquire a lot to move the house to. He said he expects a bid to buy and relocate will come in at the 11th hour.

"I have spoken with one very interested and qualified party," Baltes said. "I believe he will come forth with a proposal. I also spoke with another person who owns a parcel of land in the North End who says he is seriously considering it, but I have reservations about whether he'll act in time."

For more information about how to submit bids, contact Public Works at 332-1929 or visit the Public Works website.



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