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Boise in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Warm Springs Avenue

 
 
Warm Springs Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
1. Warm Springs Avenue Marker
Inscription. The Warm Springs Avenue neighborhood began to emerge in the 1890’s, soon after Kelly Hot Springs, for which the street was named, was tapped to provide water for Boise’s fire hydrants. The prominent owners of the water line built their mansions on the street, pumping in the natural hot water from east of Table Rock for use in their homes; these were among the first houses in the world to utilize geothermal sources for heat.

The homes on Warms Springs Avenue are distinctive and grand, and designed in diverse architectural styles. The combination of stately homes and geothermal heat makes this area one of Boise’s most historically significant local districts, as well as one of the most unique in the western states.

Children’s Home Society of Idaho
The Children’s Home Society was established in 1908 by Reverend O. P. Christian to provide a home and education for the orphans of the state. Cynthia A. Mann, a teacher and local activist of the day, donated this block and a house where the children resided until completion of the permanent building. Constructed of sandstone quarried at Table Rock, this structure was begun in early 1910 and received its first residents later that year.

The facility served as an orphanage until 1966 when national legislation shifted responsibility for this population
Children's Home Society of Idaho image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
2. Children's Home Society of Idaho
to foster care.

Warm Springs Avenue was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and was designated as a local historic district by Boise City in 1996. The district extends from Broadway Avenue to Marden Street.
 
Location. 43° 36.541′ N, 116° 11.217′ W. Marker is in Boise, Idaho, in Ada County. Marker is at the intersection of East Warm Springs Avenue and North Straughan Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Warm Springs Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located near sidewalk directly in front of the subject Children's Home Society of Idaho building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 740 East Warm Springs Avenue, Boise ID 83712, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jesus Urquides, Circa 1870 (approx. half a mile away); Jesus Urquides Packs a Mule, 1925 (approx. half a mile away); Maria Dolores (Lola) Binnard, circa 1910 (approx. half a mile away); Urquides Village, Southern Edge, circa 1958 (approx. half a mile away); Boise State University (approx. half a mile away); Airmail Service (approx. half a mile away); The Chico Club (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Basque Center (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boise.
 
Also see . . .
1891 C. W. Moore Residence (<i>pictured on the marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
3. 1891 C. W. Moore Residence (pictured on the marker)

1. Warm Springs/East End Buildings.
Warm Springs Avenue and Boise’s East End begin at First Street which was the original eastern city limit of Boise in 1867. Both the Avenue and its adjacent East End Neighborhood are Boise City Historic Districts with houses ranging in age from 1865 to the 1990’s and are outstanding examples of all of the historical styles that were in vogue through those years. Warm Springs, which is the eastern continuation of Main Street, got its name from the hot springs located at the foot of the prominent hill topped by the sandstone mesa known as Table Rock. (Submitted on November 9, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The Children’s Home Society of Idaho.
The Children’s Home Society is one of Idaho’s oldest, continually operational non-profit organizations opening its doors in 1908 as an orphanage. Today, the organization offers a variety of progressive mental, emotional and behavioral health services at its Warm Springs Counseling Center (Submitted on November 9, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Warm Springs Castle.
The significance of the house is purely based on the fact that it is so wildly different from anything else located in that general vicinity. Because it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the Victorian, Queen Anne, and Neo-Classical houses in the historic district, (the
Warm Springs Castle image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
4. Warm Springs Castle
castle is located right out of the H.D’s boundaries) Boise and its citizens have responded to its construction in a variety of ways. From outrage to praise, the Warm Springs castle is making history for being one of the most unique architectural wonders in Boise, Idaho. (Submitted on November 9, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Warm Springs Avenue House image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
5. Warm Springs Avenue House
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
6. Warm Springs Avenue House
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
7. Warm Springs Avenue House
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
8. Warm Springs Avenue House
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
9. Warm Springs Avenue House
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
10. Warm Springs Avenue House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 9, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8, 9. submitted on November 18, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   10. submitted on December 10, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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