Overland Building, 101-109 North Eighth Street, Boise, Ada County, ID
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101-109 North Eighth Street, Boise, ID
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS ID-17
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-13).
Building/structure dates: 1905 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1911 subsequent work
Significance: The Eastman block is architecturally significant as a good example of the Renaissance Revival style in commercial architecture. Its granite, sandstone, brick and terra cotta ornamentation are especially noteworthy and make the building a local landmark. One especially noteworthy design feature is its elaborate terra cotta cornice of lions-heads and its classical arched granite entry. The Eastman building stands on the site of Boise's pioneer Overland Hotel. The old hotel was active from 1864 to 1904, and housed, among other things, the city's first telephone exchange. In 1927 the Overland block's name was changed to the "Eastman" block in honor of the managers of the old Overlan Hotel. The brick building has housed a number of doctors' and dentists' offices over the years, as well as other business and professional offices. Tourtellotte and Company was the foremost architectural firm in Boise when this building was erected. The structure is a good example of their work and is one of the few commercial structures of theirs to use the Renaissance Revival style.
Tourtellotte, John E.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. SOUTH MAIN STREET (SIDE) ELEVATIONS AND EAST 8TH STREET (SIDE) ELEVATIONS
2. SOUTH (SIDE) ELEVATION
3. DETAIL OF SOUTHEAST CORNER 6TH AND 7TH FLOORS
4. DETAIL OF MAIN DOORWAY ON 8TH STREET
5. INNER LOBBY STAIRWAY TO FIRST FLOOR ONLY
6. LANDING BETWEEN GROUND FLOOR AND FIRST FLOOR
7. SECOND FLOOR OFFICE DOOR
8. TYPICAL OFFICE WINDOWS LOOKING NORTH
9. FIRST FLOOR PLAN
10. BALCONY (MEZZANINE) PLAN
11. SECOND FLOOR PLAN
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