We've all driven down Harrison or Warm Springs Boulevards with our noses pressed to the car window, trying to imagine what life might be like sipping champagne in the master suite Jacuzzi or swinging from the diamond-encrusted chandeliers. Luckily, Preservation Idaho has made it possible to cross those opulent thresholds and peek inside with the Heritage Homes Tours. This month's tour is a bit of a departure from the previous seven tours in that it's the first time the tour will swing up to the Bench.
On Sunday, Oct. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., you can pick up a map at the Boise Depot to seven homes in the Crescent Rim Historic Neighborhood and embark on your self-guided home exploration.
"The tour starts at the Depot, but then on either side of the Depot, both to the west and to the east, there will be homes," said Preservation Idaho's Dan Everhart. "The oldest is a house that's from 1905, but it's kind of the exception ... The rest of the houses were built after about 1928 or so."
Everhart describes most of the homes as "period revival," meaning their designers tried to replicate classic architectural styles.
"In the 1920s and '30s, the trend in architecture, in particular home design, was to make everything ... fit into a particular theme," said Everhart. "There was the Spanish revival and the Tudor revival and the English Cottage revival. All of these houses fit into that revival-style period except for the one from 1905."
The tour takes approximately two hours, and all tour-goers must check in at the Depot no later than 3:30 p.m.