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Image by Ted’s photos – Returns late November
Just one more of the many Boise CBD building gems.
The Idanha hotel was built downtown in 1900 to fulfill a need to house travellers getting off of the train stub line from Nampa.
The Hotel opened the 20th century on 01 January 1901. It was designed by local architect William S. Campbell, who picked the French-chateau style after visiting every modern hotel between Boise and New York. It quickly became “the” hotel in Boise.
The castle-like style of Campbell’s building was enormously popular for hotels especially in Canada where the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. had been building chateau-style hotels since 1893 when it opened the world-famous Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City.
The Idanha is a much more modest example of the castle style, notable for round corner towers with conical caps. Boise in the early 20th century had several such towered buildings, including those at the other three corners of Tenth and Main, before urban renewal demolished the two south of Main Street – bet they wish now that didn’t happen.
Idanha took its name from a once-famous tourist hotel in Soda Springs built by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1887. That hotel served as a dining stop for passengers and was luxurious for its day with electric lights and piped natural gas for heating. It was destroyed by fire 07 June 1921.