What is Historic Preservation?
Boise has ten designated historic districts which serve as visible reminders of the historical, archeological, architectural, educational and cultural heritage of Boise City. To help preserve that heritage, the Boise City Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was established in 1979.
The HPC consists of nine volunteer members who are appointed by the mayor, and represent fields such as landscape architecture, architecture, history, and law. The Historic Preservation Commission is dedicated to promoting Boise’s educational, cultural and economic welfare through the preservation of the city’s historic properties. It is in everyone’s interest that Boise retain its historic properties, from the beautiful Capitol Building, designed by prominent architects Tourtellotte and Hummel, to the neighborhoods of small, humble structures that make up the North End. For Boise, our historic districts provide a sense of place and become gathering spaces for the community, such as Hyde Park, Old Boise and 8th Street.
Contributing and Non-Contributing
When Boise’s historic districts were established, each individual property within the district was reviewed to determine if it contributed to the architectural and historical characteristics of the district or if it was noncontributing. These decisions were made based on the property’s significance and integrity at the time of the survey, rather than the property’s condition or aesthetics. Both contributing and non-contributing structures are regulated to ensure changes are consistent with the goals for the district.
To find out whether a property was determined to be contributing or non-contributing, contact the Planning Division or search Boise's Historic Surveys.
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