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Historic Boise Home Set To Be Demolished

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By Brittany Cooper

Boise, Idaho ( KBOI ) A house built in 1891 will soon be torn down after a fire destroyed it.

"Dance tickets, five cent dance tickets for the Jubilee & Festival."

This is just one of the finds from the house near 4th and Myrtle.

Preservation Idaho spokesman Dan Everhart explains, "It was probably held in 1922. It was a benefit for down–on–their–luck veterans of World War I."

The house went up in flames November 8th. It was the largest fire in Boise since august 1st.

This month, volunteers with "Preservation Idaho" swooped–in to save what they could.

"This house, though it's difficult to see now because it's all gone, this house had a lot of ornamentation, what you might call gingerbread ornamentation," adds Everhart.

Hand–crafted in the 1890s, they salvaged the ornamentation.

Business owner Lucy Weber adds, "I love old buildings and old houses, and it was an unpleasant surprise to see them gone."

The home's architecture is in the "second empire" style.

Everhart says, "there were probably half a dozen of those in Boise in its last 150 years, but most of the rest of them were demolished 50 years ago or more. This was the last of that style and type. There will never be another one again."

Also preserved, this window latch. Everything they salvaged will be stored until they can figure out what to do with it.

"Preservation Idaho" also says more historic houses in that neighborhood could soon be torn down.


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