Bench Colonial Revival
The Bench Neighborhood
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Built in the early in 1940s, this house has a colorful history and a great story to tell. Before the house was even built it was being put to good use. Where the backyard sits to today, a train called the Inter-Urban ran through. During its time it connected the Caldwell area to downtown Boise. In its 68-year history this house has only had two owners. The first owning it for 50 years but only living in it for 2 of them, because the husband decided to join the service and fight in World War II. The family was stationed in South Carolina and had every intention of moving back to the house, but never had the opportunity. They ended up renting out the house for the rest of the 48 years they owned it. They had a wide variety of renters. Among them were a renter who painted the downstairs bathroom completely black, a renter who reportedly grew pot in the attic, and a famous local jazz musician, Curtis Stiger. This house, with its fabulous view of the foothills, is a Neo-Colonial or Colonial Revival with some saltbox features. It consists of a brick facade and a full dormer upstairs, which are consistent with a Neo-Colonial house. It also has a steeped pitched roof and a central fireplace consistent with a saltbox home.
Building submitted by Megan Frans