Boise, Idaho 83705
The Bench Neighborhood
|Architectural Style||Cape Cod|
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Hayden and Margaret Walker likely built this Cape Cod style house around 1940. Though the Cape Cod is closely related to the Colonial Revival, it blends elements of the Minimal Traditional style through its combination of a side-gabled roof, symmetrical façade, accentuated front door with sidelights, double-hung, paired, multi-pane windows and lack of complex architectural detailing. Overall, and in keeping with the style, the house is symmetrical; the handrails, octagonal windows, paired windows, and dormers are balanced on either side of the front door. It is interesting to note that even elements of the property’s landscaping, particularly the twin trees to either side of the door, continue the house’s overall symmetry. The covered carport was likely a later addition to the home. Margaret passed away in 1944, at the age of 52, and Hayden continued to live at the house until the late 1940s. Their son, Robert H. Neudorfer, was a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and a B-17 pilot during World War II. He participated in heavy bombardment attacks over enemy territory in Europe during the war, where he successfully bombed Nazi military strong points and industrial targets. He was awarded the air medal and three oak leaf clusters. Shortly before completing his quota for missions, Robert was shot down over Hamburg and reported missing in late December 1944. By March of 1945 his status as missing in action changed to prisoner of war. As of April 8, 1945, Robert was still listed as a prisoner of the German government, however he survived the war, completed a bachelor’s degree, returned to Boise, and married Patricia E. Watson on March 4, 1951. They then moved to 1409 Harrison Boulevard.
Building submitted by Aimee Rollins