When Boise Weekly talked to Preservation Idaho President John Bertram in late January regarding the scarcity of historic homes in Boise's Central Addition neighborhood, he told us he had just completed an informal census of the area.
"I counted up the homes this morning," he told BW. "I think there were 13 historic houses in the Central Addition just two months ago, and now there are 10."
Make that eight. Two more homes were demolished in the past 48 hours.
"Sorry to say, two more historic homes in Central Addition were demolished yesterday and today," Bertram wrote in an email late Wednesday afternoon.
The two homes, at 412 and 416 S. 3rd Street, both owned by JSC Investments, were taken down.
"Shotgun houses are narrow, rectangular domestic residences, with rooms arranged one behind the other and doors at each end of the house. They are rare in Boise," wrote Bertram. "They would have been treasured in New Orleans, but Boise city let them go without a word. This is where we could have used a demolition ordinance to allow time for potential relocation or a new owner and documentation.'
Boise's Central Addition neighborhood was platted in 1890 and was once one of the city's most prestigious areas—home to Idaho Supreme Court Justice George Stewart and Idaho Secretary of State Charles Bassett, who lived at 416 S. Fourth St.