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Modern Masters to recognize Idaho Wright building

The Archie Teater Studio is a 2,000-square-foot one room studio/residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1952. The floor plan of the house is based on a parallelogram. Angled walls and a sloping roofline create shapes reminiscent of a ship’s prow. The home is the subject of “Modern Masters” on March 19.
The Archie Teater Studio is a 2,000-square-foot one room studio/residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1952. The floor plan of the house is based on a parallelogram. Angled walls and a sloping roofline create shapes reminiscent of a ship’s prow. The home is the subject of “Modern Masters” on March 19. Idaho Modern/Preservation Idaho

Teater’s Knoll, the home and studio of Idaho painter Archie B. Teater, is located on an outcropping about 300 feet above the Snake River between the towns of Bliss and Hagerman. In addition to its imposing site, the complex, built in 1952, is notable as the only documented structure in Idaho designed by the celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It is also the only studio Wright ever designed besides his own.

“Modern Masters,” the annual “signature” event for Idaho Modern, an advocacy committee of Preservation Idaho devoted to mid-century modern architecture (or that built primarily in the 1950s), will focus on Teater’s Knoll.

Henry Whiting II, who has owned the property since 1982, will give a presentation about the building’s history, about what it’s like to live in a modern classic and about the importance of architectural preservation in Idaho.

The presentation takes place at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 19, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort St. in Boise. Tickets are $25 for members of Preservation Idaho, $30 for non-members. Tickets are available online at Refreshments will be served. Trout Architects, Studio Maelstrom, Platform Architects, Tiger Prop Real Estate and Mid-Century Homes Real Estate by Moniker are the sponsors of the event.

More in architecture: It’s Orchids & Onions time

Preservation Idaho’s Orchids & Onions Awards, now in their 39th year, recognize the very best and the very worst efforts when it comes to historic preservation. The nonprofit organization is asking the public to nominate both Orchids and Onions.

Orchids are granted to outstanding examples of preservation projects or practices in the following categories: Excellence in Historic Preservation; Contribution to Historic Preservation; Distinguished Preservationist; Friend of Preservation; Cultural Heritage Preservation; Heritage Stewardship; and Preservation-Sensitive New Construction.

Onions are awarded to projects that jeopardize Idaho’s cultural resources.

Find a nomination form, a description of award criteria and a list of past recipients online at Nominations are due by Friday, March 11.

Preservation Idaho will present awards at a ceremony and lunch on May 21 at the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center, 514 W. Jefferson St. in Boise. For tickets and more information call 208-424-5111 or email

On a related note, the Idaho State Historical Society is seeking nominations for the annual Esto Perpetua Awards that honor significant contributions to the preservation of Idaho history. The awards take their name from the state motto meaning “Let it be perpetual.” Awards are given in individual, organizational and academic/professional categories.

Find a nomination form online at Nominations are due by March 31. The society will present awards at a ceremony in June.

Nonprofit Resource Thursdays: Strategies for ‘Idaho Gives’ Day

This educational series, presented by the Boise Public Library and the Idaho Nonprofit Center, is one of the best deals around for nonprofits. Your hosts hold free, drop-in sessions at the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m.

Each session includes a variety of experts available to offer advice on a number of topics, including nonprofit bylaws, the start-up process, fundraising resources, finding and managing volunteers and other support. Nonprofit staffers can also learn how to use a searchable database of over 150,000 grant opportunities. Each session also includes an optional roundtable discussion on a specific topic.

Don’t miss the next roundtable, Strategies for Idaho Gives Day with Janice Fulkerson and Casey Bender, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 17.

For more information, call 208-972-8255 or visit The Main Library is located at 715 South Capitol Boulevard in Downtown Boise.

Idaho Department of Correction seeks volunteer mentors

More than 1,100 volunteers now give their time at the Idaho Department of Correction. In addition to conducting religious services, volunteers teach inmates practical life skills like living within a budget and being a better parent. Now, the department is seeking volunteers for the Probation and Parole division. Volunteers will act as mentors for offenders as they transition out of prison and into civilian life.

The new Community Mentor program will match volunteers with offenders while they’re still in prison. From the day the offender leaves the prison, mentors will help guide them through challenges like finding a job and a place to live. Mentors will also help connect newly released offenders to healthy activities in faith, family and other communities.

IDOC staffers say the Community Mentor program is not for everyone. IDOC will screen mentors, train and supervise them. Former probationers and parolees who can show a record of clean, successful living, are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about IDOC’s Community Mentor program and apply to serve as a mentor, visit the Volunteer Services section of the department’s website at

Volunteer opportunities abound at Global Talent Idaho

Global Talent Idaho is a nonprofit organization that works with highly skilled refugees and immigrants trying to reclaim their careers in the U.S. Global Talent Idaho works in all areas of career building from resume development, informational interviewing, English language acquisition, job coaching, mentoring, internship placement, job searching, network building, etc.

If you think your volunteer talents might fit the bill, whether you have a little time, or a lot of time to share, fill out a volunteer application online at

A Volunteer’s story

This is an ongoing feature in the Helping Works column. If you’d like to share your volunteer experience with readers, email your story to

From Bill Carey, Boise

My name is Bill and I have volunteered at the Humane Society shelter for most of three years. I am very happy to help out in as many ways as possible and am routinely there five days a week. I exercise the dogs and help them develop skills that will help them get adopted by people who really care and want a happy, responsive pet for companionship.

Basic dog responses to commands like “sit, stay, heel, come, stop, down, no,” and so on are valuable and attractive to prospective dog owners. I teach each dog what it needs to know to fit in most any household that desires a good, well-mannered pet as a family member. I also refresh each dog’s “walking on a leash” skills as this is also very important to a prospective dog owner.

Most dogs want a relationship with people who make the effort to communicate well. A dog can’t read a person’s mind but they do study a person’s behavior and words and respond to the messages they get.

I have owned and trained a German Shepherd, four black Labs and a husky over the years and each has become a fine family member who was fun to have around and was responsive to me, my spouse and our four children. My children have grown up and each has chosen a different type of dog to fit into their families’ personalities.

▪  The Idaho Humane Society, which also cares for cats and other animals, may be a volunteer fit for you. Fill out an application online at