It's natural to harbor a voyeuristic urge to check out how other people live or have lived and to be curious about local history and the beautiful houses that are monuments to Boise's past. However, it is illegal to peer in people's windows without their permission. One fantastic—and legal—way to sate your curiosity is through the annual Heritage Homes Tour.
Grab shoes or boots made for walking and check in at McAuley Park for a map and brochure detailing the homes you're about to visit. The tour typically takes about two hours to complete. An unfortunate side effect of preservation efforts is a lack of appended ramps and accessibility features, so the tour is not wheelchair accessible.
In the past, the Heritage Homes Tour has highlighted homes along Warm Springs Avenue, Harrison Boulevard, Crescent Rim and Hays Street. Though development may encroach on priceless historic residential areas, homeowners along the Heritage Homes Tour and elsewhere in Boise have striven to preserve their homes for future generations to see.
So for all you history buffs and admirers of architecture, pick up a brochure and map at McAuley Park, 1650 W. Resseguie St., between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The tour costs $20 for members of Preservation Idaho and $25 for nonmembers. Visit preservationidaho.org for tickets and information.