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Goreczky House

Goreczky House
Building Location 1601 N 7th St
Boise, Idaho 83702
North End Neighborhood
Ada County
Building Status Private
Year Built
Architectural Style Queen Anne
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The house is a "Victorian Cottage" as its current owner describes it, more specifically, a Queen Anne style cottage. This type of architecture is characterized by fanciful "gingerbread house" designs, patterned brick or stone, and possibly a wrap-around porch. The home's first owner was Anton Goreczky, for whom it is named. The Anton Goreczky House is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, but not much is known about the history of its inhabitants. Anton Goreczky himself was born on June 8, 1861 and died in 1934. So, at the most, he lived in the home for 34 years, during the last half of his life. He built the house in 1900. Across the country in the 1890s, the Queen Anne style itself became very popular. During the Industrial Revolution, the playful, even feminine, style provided a contrast and an escape from the plain, gray world of factories and machines. The shapes of these Victorian homes are usually irregular, like the steep pitches of the roofs or the addition of turrets in some cases. On the Goreczky House in particular, there are many different designs on the gables of the rooftops. Each peak has a variation, but all are the same shades of purple and green. The colors provide unity, while the patterns create an element of surprise or chaos. The Goreczky House is in very nice condition for being 107 years old, and it seems that its owners have taken good care of it. In total, the house has 2431 square feet, main floor, basement, and second level combined. The porch alone is nearly 300 square feet, which says a lot about the character of the home. Porch swings, flowering plants, and other cozy d├ęcor pieces are arranged around the two large porch areas in such a way that everyone who passes feels invited to stay for a relaxing evening outside.

Building submitted by Allison Landrum and Brooke Bettis

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