Asking Price $1,595,000
4 bed · 3.5 bath · Office · 4423 SqFt · .29 Acre
Colonial Revival With a Salute to Greece, now modernized with a complete top to bottom renovation and improved for the way we live today. No other historical home compares to this. The elevated quality and design is unique in Boise and is a pleasure to experience. This is like a new home with homage to its heritage and has only been home to four families since built. A unique opportunity for a historic home that needs absolutely nothing done to it. Just move in and enjoy!
The following is an article written about the home before the current renovations, but provides a wonderful history.
This two-story Colonial Revival House was built for printer Alfred G. Kennard in 1920. Comparing this colonial to the one next-door at 1201 Harrison demonstrates the wide range of influences and materials that architects might draw upon for different effects.
Instead of brick, this colonial is rendered in clapboard. Instead of a massive portico and four columns (Roman influences), the portico on this house is flat, one story in height, and supported by only one column on each side. Many Greek revival designs popular in the United States before the Civil War had flat-roofed entry porches, most notably in southern states. Also they tended not to have curving fen lights over the door, but rectangular lights or a flat pediment above the door - like this one. The triple-banking of windows in this facade also is typical of Greek revival designs.
On the other hand, architects circa 1920 rarely felt the need to be pure to any one tradition in selecting design details. If they had, these windows would have had six panes in the top sash, not nine! The Tuscan style column—plain with no fluting—is definitely a Roman note. Both influences called for symmetry and balance around the center door.
Like many other houses on this part of Harrison Boulevard, the first floor is sufficiently elevated above ground level to provide generous daylight into basement windows. This gave the architect a chance to create an imposing set of entry steps up to the front door.
The Kennard family lived in the house until around 1930, when it was sold to Paul and Iva French. Mrs. French left the house to her daughter Doris Cruzen in 1947, and the James B. Cruzen family owned the house until 1969. Bruce and Betty Lou Donnelley bought it and remained until Sally and Fred Fishburn purchased it in 1998.
Several additions over the years enlarged or added to the comfort of the house. Beginning with one bathroom on the second floor in 1920, another was added in 1950. In 1980, the Donnelley’s built a 12 foot x 13 foot breakfast dining area on the first floor with a deck above it, remodeled the kitchen, and expanded the daylight basement by adding two rooms and a patio at the rear of the house. Because their remodel preserved the original spirit and look of the house, the Boise City Historic Preservation Committee gave the Donnelley’s a special award in 1994.
The Fishburn’s enlarged the home again in 2000, attaching a mudroom and garage on the north side. They also enclosed the second-story porch above the breakfast room and made other changes in the room configuration on the second floor.
Interior Spaces for Living
The French's (and perhaps the Kennard's before them during the Roaring Twenties) partied in the basement, where there was a piano and a generous dance floor. The first floor had the formal rooms: a large entry hall, living, dining, den, kitchen and guest bathroom. Upstairs were four bedrooms and a bathroom. The bedrooms on the west side were unheated and used as sleeping porches. In their upstairs remodel, the Fishburn’s created a master bedroom with bathroom and dressing room - and added heat.
Many original and early features of the house have been preserved by the subsequent owners; it is believed that the wall sconces and door hardware are original that that most of them are in their original places. Picture-frame molding allowed for pictures without marring plastered walls. Maple floors are original. Push-button electrical switches remain. Radiators are either original or as similar to the original as the remodelers could find. The source of heat has changed over the years from coal to oil to gas. During various remodels, windows and wood columns that had to be moved were re-used elsewhere.
The dining room chandelier probably has been hanging there since 1920. The lore of the house is that the chandelier in the breakfast room once hung in the house at 901 Harrison Boulevard. The Fishburns imported the light fixture in their new mudroom from Colorado, where it once hung in a courthouse.
A good house can adapt to changing living styles. Mrs. Iva French ran a small beauty shop in the basement. For this, she had a separate door to the outside from her shop. The basement was later used as the home office for Betty Lou Donnelley's advertising agency. With the addition of a kitchen and full bathroom, the basement was remodeled as an apartment. The former dance floor has recently become a recreation room for "kid parties" and teenagers.
By Susan Stacy
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