East End Historic District

The East End Historic District is a thirty-nine-block residential neighborhood of predominantly single-family dwellings. With access provided by Jefferson Street and Warm Springs Avenue to the south, the area developed through a series of subdivisions beginning in 1890. The neighborhood was connected to downtown by Jefferson Street, running east to west, ultimately renamed McKinley. The “presidential” streets, including Franklin Street, run northwest to southeast, and the “tree” streets intersect northeast and southwest. The most rapid growth in the district occurred in the first ten years of the 20th century, extending to 1940.

The development pattern is established by a street grid with alleys within the mid-blocks. There is continuity in the streetscapes with consistent building setbacks, landscaping, and sidewalks. In general, lots are small (25 feet wide and 122 feet deep) with the exception being corner lots with 30-foot widths. Most early residents purchased two lots at a time, and houses were generally constructed with uniform setbacks and a mix of sizes and styles. Building materials include local sandstone and brick, locally milled lumber, and “Miracle Brick,” a cast concrete product that resembles cut stone. One- and two-story single-family dwellings dominate the area, but duplexes and apartment houses also occur.

A predominant neighborhood-wide amenity is sidewalk that is generally accompanied with grassy median strips. Many neighbors have landscaped around their homes, providing character to the neighborhood. Two churches, one school, and a neighborhood grocery market are the only non-residential uses in the district.

The predominant architectural style in the district is the Craftsman bungalow, represented by 127 homes or 29 percent. There are a mix of other styles present, including Queen Anne cottages, American foursquare, and a handful of Mission Revival/Spanish eclectic. There are no large clusters of contributing structures, rather they are scattered throughout the district.

East End Historic District At-a-Glance

Historic Designations

  • 2004: Designated as a local historic district by Boise City.

Period of Significance: 1910s - 1940s

  • Development began in 1890s

Prominent Architectural Styles

  • Craftsman Bungalow (29%), Queen Anne, American Foursquare, Mission Revival and Spanish Eclectic

Unique Characteristics

  • Geothermal heating, easy connection to downtown, historically middle-class neighborhood, street grid with alleys, consistent building setbacks, landscaping and sidewalks with grassy median strips

Design Goals

  • New construction projects shall maintain the residential character and scale of the neighborhood.
  • It should be in character with the contributing structures in the district.
  • The modest character of the district should be recognized and respected.


  • Preserve the predominant architectural style of the district, which strongly affects the sense of scale and unique character, while accommodating congruous new construction. The distinctive design characteristics of individual building types and styles should be preserved. New construction should be congruous with its historic context while reflecting contemporary design and preserving traditional spacing between structures.

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