|Area||Address||Building Status||Architectural Style|
|Downtown||8th and Main St
Boise, Idaho 83702
This building (often called the "Phoenix Building" due to its constant reformations, fires and other construction conundrums) is located on the NorthWest corner of 8th and Main and, at the moment, would best be qualified as Negative Architecture as it currently sits as a hole in the ground. The land was first developed in 1865 as the Overland House or the Overland Hotel and was a rest and supply stop for people on their way to the gold rush in Idaho City (image 2, courtesy of The Idaho Historic Society). It was bought in 1904 by the Eastman family and was quickly torn down and rebuilt to match the changing pace of society. It zoomed up to a four-story building and gained the new name the Eastman Building (image 3-4, courtesy of The Idaho Historic Society). After adding two floors to the building and renaming it the Eastman Hotel a few years later the building did not last long. It burned to the ground, supposedly thanks to a few highschool teenagers that were having a party in the abandoned building. There is a picture of the building as it burned down in the Capital High School yearbook of 1987. Since then many proposed plans for the Boise Tower or Boise Place have been accepted but thanks to bankruptcy will never be created. The current hole is surrounded by a fence that is lined with wood planks painted by the local schools in the area...perhaps to give the feel of community involvement or maybe just to hide an ugly mass of construction wire and waste. Perhaps Boise is not destined to have a 400 ft tall tower, but just a hole. (Other images courtesy of The Idaho Statesman and BSU students.)
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Abby Normal - Jun 19, 2013
In recent years (1995-2012ish) it is a tradition when you break up with your boyfriend or fiancée you throw your ring over the wall and into the hole. Last time I drive by (May 2013) I saw they were building something. All those broken dreams beneath it. I know at least 50 of my friends and aquaintances did this, myself once included.
Boise Historical Society - Mar 02, 2012
The Hole will hopefully be granted landmark status preserving one of downtown's most enduring features. This year we celebrate 25 years of the Hole.
Danielle Hurd - Jan 27, 2012
Boise won't have to put up with this eyesore (the Boise Hole) much longer. You'll see!
nwilson - Dec 20, 2011
KBOI channel 2 news has video of the Eastman building fire, which took place on the morning of January 24th, 1987. They should be able to give you a dvd of the video. I have a DVD copy from them (9 minutes of video of the fire and cleanup). In the video you can also see the old Falk's Dept store (area is now Piper Pub).
-Thank you! BAP
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