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Preservation Idaho salvages burned historic home

Preservation Idaho salvages burned historic home »Play Video

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The wrecking ball will soon hit a downtown Boise house built in 1893 after a fire ripped through it last month. One group is salvaging what history is left.

Dan Everhart of Preservation Idaho said the home's "Second Empire" architecture was the last of its kind in Boise.

A string of five-cent dance tickets for the Jubilee & Festival held in 1922 was one of the treasures found during a salvage operation in mid-December, Everhart said.
The house near the intersection of Fourth and Myrtle Streets went up in flames Nov. 8.
"This was the last of that style and type," Everhart said. "There will never be another one again."
Preservation Idaho fears a similar fate for other houses in the area, known as the Central Addition, which is roughly bounded by Front and Myrtle Streets from Broadway Avenue to Capitol Boulevard.
Jill Baum, who volunteers with Preservation Idaho, said there are about a dozen historic structures within those boundaries.
"Some of them are under immediate threats from development pressures or being for sale," Baum said.
Everhart says relocation is a better option than demolition for three or four houses in the neighborhood.
"We are racing the clock, yes," he said. "It's an uphill battle because the neighborhood has been ignored for so long that a lot of the properties are more dilapidated, more run-down."
Baum said there are few protections for historic homes in the Central Addition but the nonprofit hopes to work with city leaders to change that.