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2635 E. Plateau Dr.

2635 E. Plateau Dr.
Building Location 2635 E. Plateau Dr.
Boise, Idaho 83712
Warm Springs/East End Neighborhood
Ada County
Building Status Private
Year Built
Architectural Style Mission Revival
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Our BAP project was centered on a rather curious house, despite its normal, ordinary appearance. Built in 1993,the 3,285 sq. foot house looks not particularly old or outdated, despite the fact that it’s only undergone a few renovations over twenty years. The original hardwood floors were replaced in 2004 as they had undergone water damage, and the original brass door knobs that were popular in the 90’s were replaced for glass knobs. The current owner, Mrs. Saltzer, is the third owner of the house. The second occupants of the house were none other than the Honeycutts, who moved in 2000, and the original owner (name unknown) happened also to be the architect of the house. The house, on the outside, is reminiscent of the mission revival style. The style was popular in Boise during the thirties, and the style in itself was used not only for residential purposes, but also for commercial buildings and institutional and civilian structures, like schools and train depots. Even in Boise, the local train depot, found on many postcards within the area, is built in accordance with the mission style. The style overall consists of orange/red tiled roofs, and a white, unadorned exterior made of stucco. In the original style, there’s also little fenestration, a wide use of unadorned, wide, curved entrances, thick arches within the building, and low-pitched roofs. The house we explored carried many of these characteristics - curiously, only on the outside. The house has a wholly unadorned exterior, with outside walls of stucco, an arched porch/exterior entryway, and an orange tiled roof of low pitch. There’s no use of any baroque-reminiscent towers that were prominent in many revival mission variations. In fact, while there is a tower on this house, it is not easily seen from the front, and is a rather prominent yet non-revival feature from the back of the house. The most curious thing about the house is not exclusively the exterior, but rather the interior. A tell-tale sign of this is seen almost as soon as you walk through the stout, cherry wood door. Like a mission revival style building, the house has high ceilings, yet unlike a building of that style, there’s an exceptional use of tall, rectangular windows that allow a view of the surrounding hills. Upon entering the house, the amount of light entering the room is great, not only because of the windows, but because of the openness of the layout. The entrances consist of wide rectangular archways, with a few curved archways. All are adorned with a more prominent crowning to stick out from the more subtle crown molding bordering the ceiling and the walls, which is something belonging to the colonial home style. In fact, Mrs. Saltzer was quite knowledgeable about the interior architecture, since she is a former resident of Massachusetts, where the use of the colonial style is highly prominent in many homes. The living room in the house is large, with typically a measurement of 14x28 feet and ceilings of a height of 17 feet with 12 ft wide hallways, and a dining hall of about the same dimension. In the middle of the living room is a large fireplace belonging to the colonial style, adorned with marble at the center. While the marble may have been something of a more modern flair, the fireplace structure is one of the colonial styles, with its high build and column-like side, with a simple yet prominent adornment that were slightly reminiscent of ionic columns. While this house has both an upper level and a finished basement area, the master bedroom was found on the main floor. Like the colonial style, this house also made great use of fancy woodwork, not only on the floor, but also on the interior doors, made of fir. Mrs. Saltzer, with her knowledge and appreciation of architecture, described her house’s exterior as one of the mission revival style, and the interior as one of center entrance colonial style. While the house is a mix of both mission revival and center entrance colonial, there are a few aspects also from different styles. In the house’s study, there is, instead of a regular rectangular window like the rest of the house, an adorned window of stained glass, belonging to neither style mentioned above, but rather belonging to the Victorian style. Also, there is on the ceiling just above the entrance, an adornment inspired by plaster moldings that were prominent in fancy interiors of the renaissance. Much of our interview with Mrs. Saltzer focused on the stylistic and structural interest points of the house, as well as with what was different between both mission revival and colonial styles. While she attended Nampa high school, she eventually moved to Boston, where she lived in a historical section of town until about seven years ago, which was when she first moved into the house. Despite there actually being a great number of both mission style homes and center entrance colonial (especially in the warm springs area) it was incredibly interesting to note that within this particular house, there was a mix of both styles, coexisting subtly on the interior and the exterior. With that being said, this house, despite being very nice and kind of a curiosity in terms of the delving of the stories behind the style structure behind it, is an incredible addition to Boise and its surrounding neighborhood. While the surrounding neighborhood, known as the Northridge subdivision, is still new in some parts, it brings great diversity as a nearly completely mission-revival style home, while being a colonial style home on the inside. It brings great diversity throughout the city as a whole. While there are many mission revival style homes out there, from the ones I’ve visited, and from all houses I’ve visited for that matter, all stick uniformly to their designated styles, on both the interior and the exterior. In bringing two styles together successfully, this house truly stands out in the already diverse houses of Boise. While Mrs. Saltzer was able to give an interesting, insightful story on how two different architecture styles were present in the house, there were unfortunately no ghost stories to tell, nor any grisly murders that would even warrant the presence of a ghost or even a dead body in the backyard. She moved into the house only seven years ago, to come back to Idaho for retirement. The former residents were the Honeycutts. The Honeycutt family consisted of 3 children, named Caleb, Colin and Kristen, as well as both parents, Jeff and Stephanie. An interesting story from their residence is that during the summer one year, 9 year old Kristen stepped out of the back door, and then saw a rattlesnake coiled up a few feet away. She then screamed at the top of her lungs and ran back inside, leaving the back door open, allowing for the rattlesnake to come inside. It wasn’t until a couple of hours later that the snake was removed, but thankfully, nobody was bitten by the rattlesnake. One of the first things that you notice as you approach the home on Plateau Dr is that it has a considerably long driveway that is also quite steep. As you can imagine, it is quite difficult to remove the snow during the winter. During the Honeycutt’s first winter at the home, Jeff, one of the owners, had to purchase a snow blower, since shoveling the driveway was not cutting it, especially when he only had young children to help out.

Building submitted by Stephanie Labastida and Kristen Honeycutt

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