Best Local Architectural Treasure

The Boise Depot

This historic building is a towering symbol of why people live in Boise. Commanding a stunning view of downtown with a sightline directly up Capitol Boulevard, the 1920s-era structure has become a city landmark for its gorgeous clock tower and Spanish-style facade, and it hosts everything from graduation parties to weddings. Its best features include an immense Great Hall, beautifully landscaped gardens, and, inside, a restored newsstand dating back to 1925. parks.cityofboise.org

2nd Place: The Anne Frank Memorial—Although elegantly designed as a tranquil, thought-provoking spot in the middle of the downtown Boise bustle, this memorial sight is much more than something pretty to look at. Featuring a life-sized statue of Anne Frank, a variety of water features and more than 60 inspirational quotes about human rights from leading historical figures, this is the perfect spot for individual reflection or community gatherings to promote social change. wassmuthcenter.org

3rd Place: The Capitol Building—What landmark could be more evocative of a capital city than the state capitol itself? Both inside and out, this Boise icon is truly symbolic of Idaho and an architectural treasure. Built in 1905 from granite, terra cotta and sandstone from the local Table Rock Quarry, and with a dome soaring 208 feet into blue Boise sky, the "Capitol of Light" is the real gem of the Gem State. capitolcommission.idaho.gov

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