Idaho Building, 216 North Eighth Street, Boise, Ada County, ID
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216 North Eighth Street, Boise, ID
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS ID-21
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-17).
Building/structure dates: 1911 initial construction
Significance: Several four and six story buildings were constructed during Boise's early (1901-1913) "sky scraper era." Of them, the Idaho Building was the only one designed outside of Boise. For it, developer and real estate promoter Walter E. Pierce sought out Henry John Schlacks of Chicago. The Idaho Building was the grandest of several commercial buildings constructed for Pierce. The building, described by the local newspaper as Boise's "first sky scraper," marked the beginning of a new era in the architectural development of downtown Boise. Erected in time of prosperity, the building symbolizes the urban aspirations of Boise, indicated by the newspapers' many allusions to the city becoming another Chicago.
Schlacks, Henry John
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. CORNER VIEW SHOWING NORTH AND WEST ELEVATIONS.
2. DETAIL OF CORNICE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF BUILDING.
3. EIGHT STREET MAIN ENTRANCE, (WEST)
4. STAIRWAY TO FOURTH FLOOR LOOKING SOUTH.
5. FOURTH FLOOR HALL LOOKING TOWARDS (EAST) TOP OF STAIRS.
6. OFFICE DOOR ON FOURTH FLOOR LOOKING WEST.
7. TYPICAL THIRD FLOOR WINDOWS,LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
8. FIRST FLOOR PLAN.
9. SECOND FLOOR PLAN.
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