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920 N Argyll Dr

920 N Argyll Dr
Building Location 920 N Argyll Dr
Boise, Idaho 83702
Idaho Neighborhood
Ada County
Building Status Private
Year Built 1962
Architectural Style International
Material Deep bracketed eaves with exposed beams

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In July of 1962 Steve and Barbara Thomas acquired a mortgage for $25,000. That amount likely included the costs of construction for their new house and the purchase of the lot on N. Argyll Drive. Thomas, a contractor, constructed the house though the origin of the architectural design is unknown. Like many post-war houses, the design is a stylistic continuation of the earlier International Style which was popularized before the Second World War. In order to take advantage of the steep topography of the lot, this example is arranged on three levels with the garage alone occupying the street level. The primary residential space is located a level below the street recessed behind terraced retaining walls. A daylight basement takes up the lowest level of the house and opens onto a spacious rear yard. Deep, bracketed eaves with exposed beams support the flat roof. Undated architectural plans illustrate an un-built addition that would have been set behind the existing garage on the roof of the present house providing a third level of residential space. Alterations completed during the tenure of the most recent past owner include the relocation of the front door to an outset entry pavilion under a new raised clerestory roof. Steve Thomas was born in Rosalyn, Washington in 1922 but grew up in Garden Valley and Emmett, Idaho before his parents moved to Boise. He graduated from Boise High School in 1941 where he learned the crafts of building and woodworking. Thomas joined the Navy in 1943 and served as an aircraft machinist in the Pacific before returning home to Boise where he married Barbara Storie in 1953. Over the course of 12 years the couple had six children before later divorcing. In the early 1950s, Thomas founded the Steve M. Thomas Construction Company and built numerous custom homes. His own home on Argyll was surrounded by several in the neighborhood which he also constructed. He later worked in commercial construction in McCall and managed projects for Boise Cascade. Thomas briefly remarried before his death in 1999. In October of 1965, Thomas sold the house to the first of 11 subsequent owners. This home was on the 11th Annual Heritage Home Tour in 2013, thanks to the generosity of the current homeowners John Brenner and Mati Young.

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