Best Local Architectural Treasure

Boise Depot

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Since 1925, the Boise Depot has been a beacon on the hill, providing a bookend for downtown with the Idaho State Capitol. Its Spanish-style design and landmark location have made it one of the most photographed backdrops in the City of Trees, as well as continually bringing it to the top of this list. This category always reminds us how happy we are that so many of downtown Boise's landmark buildings didn't fall prey to tacky redevelopment, preserving the city's personality and creating a place where we all want to hang out. While recent decades have taken the depot from being a place that welcomed travelers to one where brides and grooms host their guests, word is the depot may soon be returning to its original purpose. Idaho's congressional delegation is pushing to bring back Amtrack's Pioneer Express line, linking Boise with Portland, Ore. With any luck, the stunning depot with its soaring bell tower and panoramic views will once again be a gateway to the capital city.

Second Place: Idaho State Capitol

Third Place: Idanha Hotel

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