Boise & Garden City

Boise’s historic Fowler House was moved to its new North End site overnight

The historic Fowler House began its move at 11 p.m. Monday from its site at 413 S. 5th St. in the Central Addition neighborhood to its new home on Fort Street.

Western States Movers handled the move, working with the Ada County Highway District to take down the mast arms on traffic signals along the route, said John Bertram with Preservation Idaho.

The Fowler family built the house on 5th Street in 1895 in what was at that time a grand neighborhood. The house, which historians say is architecturally significant, has been the focus of preservation efforts for years.

The new owners of the house, Josh Unger and Jenaleigh Kiebert, are relocating the house to an empty lot near 12th and Fort streets in Boise’s North End.

The Fowler House is one of several houses in the area that have moved to new sites, or will be moved soon. The most recent move was the Jones House, which sat beside the Fowler House, to a site on Reserve Street.

The Central Addition neighborhood is slated for major developments in the coming years, including a multi-story residential housing complex.

Historians and Preservation Idaho members have called the moves bittersweet. While the houses will be saved, the moves represent the dissolution of a neighborhood.

Watch the Jones House, another of the Central Addition homes, during its move through Downtown Boise July 1: