The forestry unit of Boise Parks and Recreation will removes six crab-apple trees that grow on either side of The Boise Art Museum’s entrance, 670 S. Julia Davis Drive, in December. The trees have grown over the years to overpower the building’s facade. The unit is working with museum director Melanie Fales and her staff on a new design for the landscape.
Fales is looking to better use the front of the historic building and make it more visible from Capitol Boulevard. The art museum and the Idaho Historical Museum stand at the gateway to Julia Davis Park. The historical museum is currently closed for major renovations.
The Boise Art Museum opened in 1937 as the Boise Gallery of Art. Creating it was a grassroots effort. Boise architects Wayland and Fennell designed it. The city provided the land, and the Works Progress Administration supplied the labor. It’s gone through several redesigns and expansions over the years. The current facade was built in 1988. The last addition was the Sculpture Court on and the Artexperience Gallery in 1997.
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The Boise Art Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 670 S. Julia Davis Drive. $6 general, $4 seniors, $3 grades 1-12 and full-time college. Free for ages 5 and younger and members. Donations on First Thursday. 345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org.