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Central Addition Buildings

“Bounded by Front and Myrtle Streets on the north and south, and 2nd and 5th streets on the east and west, downtown’s Central Addition was platted just outside of the original Boise town site in 1890. Though originally populated by the social elite of the city, the neighborhood suffered a rapid decline in desirability with the expansion of the railroad along Front Street. Working class families have inhabited the area since the first decade of the Twentieth Century, and until recently its collection of architecture had been passively protected through the phenomenon of “preservation by neglect”. Architecturally significant examples of Queen Anne houses are interspersed with workers cottages and the neighborhood boasted Boise’s only intact example of the Second Empire style.” - Preservation Idaho The area is currently facing threats by neglect and demolition. To learn more about the area and what you can do to get involved, visit Preservation Idaho’s website here . *To donate to Preservation Idaho's cause and to find out about how much has been collected so far, click here .

 
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