Hyde Park Historic District

Boise City was officially platted in 1867 with streets from 1st Street to 16th Street and Front Street to Fort Street. The areas outside this boundary already had some growth in scattered farmhouses and a few non-farm dwellings on land, claims. The first subdivision to be platted outside the original boundary was Arnold’s Addition in 1878, which extended the city north of Fort Street to what is now Resseguie Street and from 9th Street to 13th Street. This addition set the street pattern for the North End neighborhood with the numbered streets running true north and south and forming angled intersections where they came off of Fort Street.

13th Street had been established very early as a common road connecting the city to Hill Road at the base of the foothills. With the available lots taken up in the original townsite, it was natural that further additions would continue this pattern to the north rather than to the south toward the river where there were large land holding still being farmed or in orchard.

By 1890, it was evident that the city required more additions to the North End neighborhood and that a transit system would enhance the land sales. In 1891, the Brumback and Hyde Park Additions were platted, the Boise Rapid Transit company was established to provide streetcar service, and two more subdivisions were platted in 1893 extending 13th Street further to the north as a residential arterial.

The center of the Hyde Park district was at the intersection of 13th Street and Eastman Street, and the commercial buildings and neighborhood stores, which were established in the two blocks along 13th Street from Alturas Street to Brumback Street, were on lots that were part of the four 1891-1893 city plat additions – Hyde Park, Brumback, Bryon and Lemp.

The neighborhood flourished and the commercial center prospered with the construction of the Waymire Building and Shops, the I.O.O.F. Lodge, a post office, drug stores, meat markets, barber shops, and bakeries. The streetcar service was extended to the north along 8th, 10th, 15th, 18th, 24th, and 30th Streets and eventually to the Soldier’s Home on State Street, out Warm Springs Avenue, and to South Boise.

No other residential area, however, had a neighborhood shopping center quite like Hyde Park, except the South Boise center on Broadway Avenue near Boise Avenue. The Hyde Park commercial center did not expand beyond the limits identified today or “infill” the residential lots adjacent to it. Immediately next to the “build-up” commercial center at 13th Street and Eastman Street there still are viable residential occupancies. The six half-blocks comprising the center were zoned “D” (commercial in Boise’s first zoning ordinance in 1928). Hyde Park is still unique as Boise’s first “satellite” shopping area.

Recent image of Hyde Park

Recent Trends

Hyde Park continues to maintain its charm and quaintness of years passed. Some buildings have been restored and renovated, but many of the businesses have remained. The steadiness of the active storefronts and restaurants has created an ongoing community dialogue, which allows the district to keep its tight knit neighborhood ties.

One of the newer businesses, Goody’s, took root in a restored bungalow at the south entrance into Hyde Park. This ice cream parlor, with its beautiful setting and outdoor seating, has become a destination for those who live in the district as well as for those who live in the surrounding communities.

Hyde Park Historic District At-a-Glance

Historic Designations

  • 1982: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • 2080: Designated as a local historic district by Boise City.

Period of Significance: 1890s - 1920s

Prominent Architectural Styles

  • Vernacular-Commercial, Queen Anne

Unique Characteristics

  • Original neighborhood commercial area.

Design Goals

  • Maintain the intimate historic character of this district, as reflected in the diversity of style, scale, quality of design and construction.
  • New construction projects shall maintain the residential character and scale of the neighborhood and should be in character with the contributing structures in the district.
  • The modest character of the district should be recognized and respected.
  • New construction at the intersection of North 13th and Eastman Streets should celebrate the corners.


  • Preserve the unique historic character of the district and ensure that improvements respect the diversity and scale of 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. New construction projects shall recognize the importance of the diverse architectural styles and integrity that characterizes the district by considering ways to enhance, reinforce and restore it through rehabilitation and new construction of buildings. Projects should continue the diversity in size and uses, while maintaining the continuity of the open spaces, including traditional space between buildings.

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