Boise historic commission halts Knudsen House relocation

August 27, 2013 

The Knudsen House isn't out of the woods yet.

The Boise Historic Preservation Commission voted 4-3 on Monday against allowing the demolition of a historic house at 812 W. Franklin St. The owner of the house, Burr Boynton, had planned to relocate the historic Knudsen House from 503 W. Franklin to 812 once the smaller house was demolished.

The commission didn't vote against relocating the Knudsen House. Its vote was solely based on whether the plan to demolish the existing house met demolition criteria for historic Boise buildings.

Boynton can appeal to the Boise City Council. The state of Idaho owns the house and put it up for bid for relocation in order to vacate the lot in preparation of building a parking lot. In addition to Boynton's bid that was selected, the state received a bid to move the house to a lot on Warm Springs Avenue. The extent that the Warm Springs bid addressed concerns about financing or moving logistics isn't known.

The state had said the 1905 Dutch Colonial house that used to belong to Boise business icon Morris Knudsen would be demolished by January if it remained on the lot. State employees told the commission that they'd remain flexible as long as discussions continued with Boynton or other parties interested in moving the house.


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