Letter: Warm Springs home

March 12, 2014 

"Thank you" to the couple who recently purchased a beautiful house on Warm Springs, simply to demolish it and replace it with a house more appropriate for a suburban subdivision. Actions like this diminish the class and integrity of the Warm Springs Historic District.

They did a superb job of meeting three of the five criteria to receive approval from the Historic Preservation Commission, along with threats of litigation, but a less than desirable job on a design suitable for a house in this coveted neighborhood. This classic home was not protected by a designation that would have precluded demolition.

This should be a lesson to other neighborhoods in Boise to update homes as "contributing" or historic so that they do not fall prey to buyers who seek the benefits of older neighborhoods, but want to build new homes.

The design neither reflects the style and values of existing East End homes nor respects the unique and cherished history of our city and its neighborhoods. We welcome them as neighbors - but not their planned home.

Brittney Olson, Boise

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