The East Main Street Historic District is a small district that comprises approximately two blocks in the east downtown area. The district is largely aligned along W. Main Street and connects to Warm Springs Avenue, and includes two adjacent properties on W. Idaho Street. The district was originally established as a residential neighborhood that acted as a gateway to Warm Springs Avenue. The historic homes within the District were constructed from the late 1890s through the early 20th century, and attracted some of Boise’s most prestigious residents including two governors and a congressman.
Though originally a residential neighborhood, the District currently contains a mix of land uses, including office, multi-family and personal service uses. Visually, the continuity of the streetscape most pronounced by setbacks and landscaping has remained intact.
The neighborhood is architecturally significant for its high proportion of Queen Anne, Georgian and Colonial Revival structures. Additionally, a majority of the houses were designed by either Tourtellotte and Company or Wayland and Fennell, two prominent architectural firms in Boise during the time period.