- Laurie Pearman
- Erma Andre Madry Hayman (circa 1920) played piano in her all-family orchestra. The 1907 sandstone house where she lived, still stands at 617 Ash St.
The stone house at 617 Ash St., which was built in 1907, was home to Boise resident Erma Andre Madry Hayman until she was 102-years-old.
With help from current owners, Capital City Development Corporation, scholars and historians secured permission to conduct a full archaeological expedition on the site in the summer of 2015. drawing in students, teachers and citizens from throughout Idaho to assist the dig. Historians later recovered a stunning 10,000 artifacts from the site and would spend the next year cataloging their findings.
Now, CCDC has indicated it wants to put the Hayman House "in an advantageous position to compliment future redevelopment endeavors" in the River Street neighborhood. According to a CCDC document, "The preservation of the Hayman House property will likely provide clarity and certainty benefiting proposals for redevelopment" in the neighborhood. The CCDC Board of Directors is being asked to consider a transfer of the Hayman House from the urban renewal district to the City of Boise, which "is better suited to preserve, maintain and operate the property as a long term asset to the community." According to documents, city staff have indicated a desire to "put the property into active use."
The CCDC board will get an update on the Hayman House on Monday, March 14.