Gem State Roundup

150-year-old downtown Boise building to get facelift thanks to $500,000 grant

By: - October 28, 2021 3:08 am
Assay Office in downtown Boise

The Assay Office, at 210 Main Street in downtown Boise, will soon receive upgrades thanks to a $500,000 grant from the National Parks Service. (Courtesy of the Idaho State Historical Society)

A building that has stood in downtown Boise for 150 years will soon receive upgrades to keep it functional for years to come thanks to a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service, according to a press release from the Idaho State Historical Society.

The Assay Office building, at 210 Main St. in Boise, opened in March 1872 and was used regularly by Idaho miners until 1933, when the gold rush in the Gem State slowed. The building has had several other occupants and uses over the years, including office space for the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office.

The $500,000 grant, which will be used to address long-term electrical and mechanical needs, repair and replace finishes and fixtures and improve the structure’s basement, comes from the Save America’s Treasures program. The program will help fund 49 projects in 29 states this grant cycle, and it has funded over 1,300 projects from 1999 to 2019, according to the release.

The grant represents the program’s maximum possible award, and the recipient must match the amount dollar-for-dollar, according to the release. 

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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.