For the inauguration of its new series, Modern Masters, the Idaho Historic Preservation Council will host an evening paying homage to Boise architect Charles Hummel.
In 1905, the Idaho Legislature passed a bill that authorized the construction of the Idaho State Capitol. The job was given to a French architect named John Tourtellotte and his new partner, Charles Hummel.
More than 100 years later, Hummel's grandson, Charles F. Hummel, carried on the family legacy. In the literal shadow of his father and grandfather's work—he Hoff Building, the Egyptian Theatre and the Idaho State Capitol--he made his mark on the world with his own buildings. He attended the tiny Boise Junior College and in the 1950s, contributed to the quickly growing university. Now Hummel sits on the board of Idaho Smart Growth, and his family's company is rebranded today as Hummel Architects PLLC. His work includes the U.S. Courthouse, the Idaho Statesman building, churches in Oregon, and three buildings on the Boise State campus.
After a special commemoration and lecture on the evening of Friday, Feb. 3, Preservation Idaho will host a Hummel Hunt, a family friendly scavenger hunt at Boise State to find the three buildings Hummel designed. With mid-century aesthetic as your guide, identify architectural features to hunt for "Hummels" on a frosty winter afternoon. Be sure to bundle up and get ready to see the buildings that make Boise's landscape what it is in a new way, for, in the words of great architect, "architecture is a community's clothing; our third skin."