Architectural interest: The exterior of the Idanha is also receiving a facelift. The Idanha's turrets are one of the building's many distinctive features.
The city of Boise received a federal grant to designate historically and architecturally significant buildings. The city selected 32 properties ranging from the 1863 O'Farrell Cabin to the 2006 Banner Bank Building.
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Mike Fery and company have been renovating and restoring the Boise City National Bank building at the corner of Idaho Avenue and 8th Street in downtown Boise. This is one of the bigger Downtown historic restoration projects in quite some time.
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"You know that feeling you get when you think someone's behind you? I get that all the time," says China Blue owner Ted Challenger.
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The U.S. Assay Office sits in the middle of a block of green grass and mature trees, a nice bit of open space in an otherwise urban area. The building was designed by A.B. Mullet, chief architect of the Treasury Department. Mullet probably designed more U.S. public buildings than any person in hisotry.
Central Fire Station: 6th and Idaho (1903) · The bell in the original tower summoned volunteer firefighters. · The station's original rounded archways were too small for motorized fire trucks - and thus, became obsolete. · While you're in the neighborhood, take a look across the street at the corner building facing Idaho Street. The Fraternal Order of Eagles made their home here in 1912. The building - an example of fine brickwork - is a contemporary of the Elks Building mentioned later in this story.
The luncheon at the Boise Depot before Boise Valley Railroad, with its Bronco-themed blue-and-orange locomotives, took city and state officials on a tour from the Depot to the city-owned railroad in Southeast Boise. The city and BVRR have partnered to explore building a $2 million to $5 million intermodal railroad facility in the city's industrial park.
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A state task force is looking into the possibility of renovating the Ada County Courthouse in downtown Boise because of its historic value, rather than removing the existing building and erecting a new structure in its place.
The Ahavath Beth Israel synagogue is at its new location on Latah Street behind Morris Hill Cemetery.