Photos of Boise yesteryear surface

November 8, 2013 

Sample of Duane Garrett's photos for sale at The Bishops' House

In the 1970s, as the Boise Redevelopment Agency was preparing to demolish some of Boise’s historic buildings, Duane Garrett started taking pictures of them.

Garrett was one of Boise’s best-known photographers at the time. He was a popular choice for people seeking portrait photos and any other kind of professional work.

Nobody knew if the Downtown buildings would survive. Many did, but Garrett’s photos were thought lost.

About six months ago, Garrett and Boise architect Shaun Weston found some of the photos in a box in his Gardena house. Now the photos are on display inside The Bishops’ House.

There were shots of the Beth Israel Synagogue, the Ada Theatre, the Alexander building, the Cataldo Mission in north Idaho, St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral, the Idanha Hotel, the Boise Foothills and dozens more landscapes and structures around Idaho.

Garrett donated the photos to the Bishops’ House for the purpose of a fundraiser to benefit the house. Some have already sold.

"I wasn't planning to do anything with them," Garrett said. "I was just glad they found a use for them."

Garrett is planning to attend a showing that The Bishops’ House is holding Saturday to sell the photographs. He said he'll answer questions if visitors have them and otherwise be on hand to chat.

The showing goes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Bishops’ House, 2420 Old Penitentiary Road.

Prices on the photographs range from $150 to $450.

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