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2001 N. 17th St., Boise

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This home's .23-acre parcel was once part of a homestead dairy. In 1899, George Vaughn subdivided his land and on this corner lot, erected a fine Queen Anne residence designed by architects Tourtellotte and Hummel, who also designed the State Capitol. At least 56 Tourtellotte and Hummel residences within Ada County are on the National Register of Historic Places (although this one is not).

From the stately columns on the wrap-around porch and the original leaded glass windows to the ornately carved interior window and door casings, the 112-year-old dwelling exudes timeless elegance.

A recent three-story addition added a basement family room, gourmet kitchen and upper bedroom to the original two-level structure. Leaded glass cabinets from the old kitchen were reused in the laundry room.

On the main level the formal dining room can be closed off by a sturdy pocket door and a pair of French doors. An eye-catching antique coal stove in the parlor radiates warmth into the living room.

The upper floor contains three bedrooms and a full bathroom, where a long oak buffet has been repurposed as a lovely vanity cabinet topped with slab granite.

Outside, the original dairy barn is now a two-car garage and the back yard is shaded by mature maple trees.

Pros: Elegant Queen Anne home designed by Tourtellotte and Hummel.

Cons: Three-story floor plan impractical for people with limited mobility.

Open House: Saturday, Aug. 28, 2-4 p.m.

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