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Dunkley Music Sounds Its Final Note; Boise Icon Becomes Rubble

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- With Mark Dunkley aboard, a giant claw begins ripping apart Dunkley Music at Capitol Boulevard and Broad Street. -  - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • With Mark Dunkley aboard, a giant claw begins ripping apart Dunkley Music at Capitol Boulevard and Broad Street.
There goes the neighborhood.

Mark Dunkley climbed aboard a bulldozer/claw early Wednesday morning and promptly ripped the long-standing mural of a piano from the wall of Dunkley Music. By day's end, much of the building at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Broad Street was expected to be rubble.

Dunkley owners pulled up stakes in Boise earlier this summer, selling their property to developer Pennbridge Capital, which has designs to build a 10-story, 180-room hotel at the longtime Dunkley Music location. Dunkley Music opened its doors in Boise in 1950, ultimately growing to its present size after purchasing the R.C. Cola bottling plant in 1974. 

“We basically took the same inventory and moved it to a much larger space in Eagle," Dunkley told Boise Weekly Wednesday morning, adding that the demolition was bittersweet. "After 65 years downtown and 54 years in this location, we're now at Eagle and Ustick. It's the center of the valley."

Dunkley recalled his young adulthood when he would help unload pianos through the nearby alley, which until several years ago still had rail tracks in the pavement—remnants from the city's old freight train line.

Penbridge officials told BW that the entire demolition and clean-up of the property should be complete in two to three weeks. Groundbreaking for the new 10-story hotel will occur shortly thereafter and construction is expected to be complete in 18- to 20 months.


ZACH HAGADONE
  • Zach Hagadone
GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice