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Hess House

Hess House
Building Location Warm Springs Dr.
Boise, Idaho
Warm Springs/East End Neighborhood
Ada County
Building Status Private
Year Built
Architectural Style Prairie
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This 1916 Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home is considered to be Prairie Style. Its stucco and wooden casement windows are the key feature. Since it is an inspired home, it does not have to follow purely with the key elements of this style. Its two stories give away the non-prairie stylistic of the house.With nearly a century of history under the roof. The house was originally constructed for the Ison family, whom has very little information on them, however the Hess Family is the current family to live in this house and is the first to raise kid. Sitting on an acre lot and the relative size of the house could lead us into assuming that children have been raised in the house before. The interior of the house features crown molding that is primarily used to hang pictures due to the walls being made of plaster and the molding is also used as decoration. As a guest would enter the house, there are several directions to choose from; going up the stairs, going down the stairs, turning left to enter the kitchen, or turning right to enter the living room. The interior main level is constructed in a way that allows circular motion, so it does not jam the house. The upstairs features four bedrooms, one bathroom without a shower, and a sun-porch. The downstairs features an apartment, a garage, a shop area, and ample room of storage. The main level hold the kitchen, dining room, family room, and living room. The kitchen was recently painted a blue cover, but all the cabinets and sinks are original. The pantry used to be a maid's bedroom and the breakfast room used to be screened. The dining room feature see through cupboards, an original electric plug back in the 1920's, and a original chandelier. The family room features draws that is long enough to fit people into and an old fashion telephone ringer built into the wall. The living room holds the fireplace that was recently redone to take the old green orange tile and replace it with a black marble. The current owner still has the tiles. All the windows are original to the house. Push button light switch are still in use. Going to the backyard, the two story deck was recently added to the house with a creek running under the deck. Originally, the creek was crossed over by a bridge.One famous story of this house was Herbert Hoover eating breakfast here. It has not been confirmed nor denied that he was president at the time. The date is not known, but it is a well known story that Hoover ate breakfast at the house. How cool is that?

Building submitted by Khoa Nguyen

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