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North 20th Street

North 20th Street
Building Location 1401 N 20th St
Boise, Idaho 83702
North End Neighborhood
Ada County
Building Status Private
Year Built
Architectural Style Bungalow
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Built in 1913, this house is a symbol of the architecture of the time. The bungalow style was designed to be the counterpart to the excessive Victorian style homes that were very popular in these times. The bungalow was designed to bring the idea of quality craftsmanship into a smaller, more simplistic house. The house usually featured many stylistic details including a low-pitched roof, large porches, wide eaves, columns, and brick or stone chimneys. These houses offered affordable living to the masses around the turn of the century as people looked for economical, but still stylish places to live. The home offered all of the comforts and quality a family wanted. It also showed off artistic qualities while remaining low in price. Situated in a jumble of many types of houses, this 1913 Craftsman bungalow has much history. It was originally built as a two-bedroom house with a kitchen, dining room, living room, and an unfinished basement. The original house featured an open front porch, square columns inside and outside, a brick fireplace/chimney, many leaded glass windows, and other artistic characteristics. Before the current residents, many things were different: a detached garage was added, the house itself was rundown, stylistic features were removed (including interior columns), and thick layers of wall paper coated the once textured walls. In 2005, after the current family moved in, the house was remodeled restoring much of its original character and beauty. They also added on a bedroom to the back while still keeping the houses' original identity.

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