Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission

Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission This page is for the Historic Preservation Commission of Pocatello. he Commission is authorized to conduct surveys of local historic properties, provide information on historic preservation and reviews exterior modifications to downtown buildings.
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We are the Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission. We are charged with reviewing any changes to the exterior of the buildings in the Downtown Historic District, nominating other districts within Pocatello to the National Register of Historic Places, and helping community members with questions on maintaining the integrity of their historic properties.

Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS
10/30/2019
Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS

Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS

An appropriate post for the upcoming ⚰️holiday ⚱️.

See a wide variety of tombstones in the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection in The Library of Congress at https://go.usa.gov/xpY5R

#Cemeteries #Tombstones #Halloween #Crypts #HistoricCemetery #Creepy #Headstones #Cemetery #Symbolism #HABSnps #HAERnps #HALSnps

Relight the Night
09/13/2019

Relight the Night

Thanks for your support of our Buster Brown Fundraiser. We had a great time selling raffle tickets at the Neon Dance on August 3rd and First Friday Art Walk and Brew Fest 2 last weekend. We have raised $2800 toward the Buster Brown sign so far. The cost to restore this historic beauty is $8500 so we still have work to do.

Your tax deductible contribution can be made by mailing checks to Relight the Night PO Box 222 Pocatello, ID 83204. We can also accept your contributions by cards via Square. Message Randy Dixon if you wish to contribute using Square.

We always find people in Pocatello are proud of our historic neon signs and love talking about them. That's what makes our Relight the Night project so much fun. The history that surrounds our neon beauties can never be forgotten as long as they shine brightly every night.

When the Buster Brown sign is relit, Pocatello will have seen sixteen historic signs come back to life since we flipped the switch on the historic Chief Theatre in November 2013. Pocatello has accomplished something few communities have. Thank you Pocatello....

Old Town Embroidery
09/11/2019

Old Town Embroidery

I just got this in my email and it made my day. I love Pocatello!

City of Pocatello - City Hall
08/02/2019
City of Pocatello - City Hall

City of Pocatello - City Hall

Recently, the City’s Building Department began utilizing ProjectDox. Through ProjectDox, contractors, developers and residents can upload building plans electronically, saving them a trip to City Hall. The platform also allows builders and City officials to communicate back and forth on any changes or updates to plans that are needed.

“The new process is more efficient and streamlined,” said Richard Bigelow, Building Official for the City of Pocatello. “With electronic plan review, we should be able to shorten the time it takes for plans to be reviewed and approved by the City.”

Relight the Night
07/30/2019

Relight the Night

Let's Glow Crazy!

Relight the Night will be kicking off our fundraiser to restore and relight the historic Buster Brown sign in Old Town Pocatello this Saturday August 3rd at the 2nd Annual Neon Dance on East Center. We'll be selling raffle tickets and lots of cool neon items to raise the money to restore the sign. We've got some really great raffle prizes we'll be drawing for at Brewfest on September 7th.

Pocatello loves its neon! Buster Brown will be the sixteenth historic sign to come back to life since the Chief Theatre sign was relit in November, 2013. Please support this very important fundraiser. Help us to continue to Relight the Night in Old Town Pocatello. We'll see you at the Neon Dance.

Governor Brad Little
07/03/2019

Governor Brad Little

Happy Statehood Day, Idaho!

Nice work, Jacquee. If you’re interested in helping to buy headstones for veterans please contact the City of Pocatello ...
06/24/2019
Idaho State Journal

Nice work, Jacquee. If you’re interested in helping to buy headstones for veterans please contact the City of Pocatello Planning Dept and we can forward your info to Jacquee.

“As a Marine major, I had to look out for my troops and that’s what I’m doing. I just added a few Civil War guys and a few Spanish-American (War) guys to my troop.”

Idaho State Historic Preservation Office
06/23/2019

Idaho State Historic Preservation Office

Join Dan Everhart, our Outreach Historian on June 29th, at 10 am or 1 pm for a walking tour of one of Weiser’s beautiful residential neighborhoods, sponsored by the Weiser Architectural Preservation Commitee.

Date: Saturday, June 29th
Time: 10AM or 1PM
Theme: Historic residential neighborhood

Register in advance by calling the public library at 208-549-1243. Tickets are $5, which can be paid at the door by those already registered.

Bannock County Historical Museum
06/22/2019

Bannock County Historical Museum

One of the attractive new markers installed for a local Civil War veteran who did not have one. Did you know several of our local military service men from the Civil and Spanish American Wars are without markers?! Ms. Jacquee Alvord is spearheading an effort to correct that problem and see to it that all our military dead are honored. There are 3 markers still available for purchase at just $209 each for the following individuals:

John M. Harkey 1840-1923
Private, Confederacy Co. H, 8th North Carolina Infantry Enlisted in Company H, North Carolina 8th Infantry Regiment on Aug. 8, 1861. Civil War Records and Profiles On Feb. 8, 1862 he became a POW and was sent to Roanoke Island, North Carolina. In August of 1862 he was exchanged. In 1864 he again became a POW at Fort Harrison, Virginia and was imprisoned at Point Lookout Prison, Maryland. He was exchanged in March 1865 Captured Fort Harrison. Released in prisoner exchange May 5, 1865. Official Civil War Records.
Mountain View Cemetery Plot 21W, 3, 10

George Wright Lamb 1848-1932
Private, Co. M. 3rd Indiana Cavalry, Enrolled Mar. 14, 1862. Mustered in Mar. 17, 1862. Unit reorganized as Co. B. 45th Cavalry Regiment. Mustered out Feb. 14, 1865. His unit engaged in major battles in Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Richmond, Spotsylvania, and the march through Georgia. Indiana Civil War Unit Records.
Mountain View Cemetery Plot: 16W, 22, 10

David Wesley Wood 1844-1922
Corporal, Co. G 20th Ohio Infantry. Mustered in Sep. 11, 1861 rank private. Promoted to corporal Feb. 1, 1865. Mustered out with unit July 15, 1865. Unit engaged in major battles during Lee’s invasion of Maryland, the at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Atlanta, and Jonesborough, Fredericksburg, and Chickamauga. Unit One Records 20th Ohio.
Mountain View Cemetery Plot 3W, 7, 8

Please e-mail [email protected] for more details if you would like to contribute to the purchase of a marker.

Idaho State Historical Society
06/07/2019

Idaho State Historical Society

City of Pocatello - City Hall
04/29/2019

City of Pocatello - City Hall

It’s Pocatello’s birthday!

On this day in 1889, Pocatello was declared a village by the Bingham County Commissioners.

Historic Preservation Conference at ISU
04/27/2019

Historic Preservation Conference at ISU

City of Pocatello - City Hall
04/22/2019

City of Pocatello - City Hall

The Historic Preservation Commission’s annual conference is this weekend. Here’s a full list of speakers and topics:

Trent Clegg - The Quietly Insistent Legacy of Edward Manson Stevenson
Jacquee Alvord - Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert: Pocatello Artist
Kevin Marsh - Pocatello's Triangle Neighborhood: A Slice of America or an Exceptional Community?
Randy Dixon - Relighting the Night in Old Town Pocatello
Kristine Hunt - Monarchs and Mudbaths: The Bungalow in Southeast Idaho Culture
Ellen Ryan - Exploring New Deal-Era Architecture on ISU's Campus
Nick Nielson - The Future of Historic Preservation in Pocatello

More details on the conference can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/423387258238331/.

Relight the Night
04/09/2019

Relight the Night

The historic Fred's Photo neon sign was officially brought back to life in Old Town Pocatello on April 5th following First Friday Art Walk. Mrs. Fred Cuoio who is ninety-six years young flipped the switch as a hundreds cheered.

The sign is the fourteenth historic sign Pocatello has seen come back to life since the iconic Chief Theatre neon sign was relit on November 29th, 2013. Pocatello now has twenty-seven working historic signs shining brightly every night.

A coalition between Relight the Night, business owners and the City of Pocatello has been the key to the success.Relight the Night has received national notoriety for successful efforts to restore Pocatello's historic signs.

RTN's next project is the Buster Brown neon sign. Efforts to raise the $8,500 needed to restore the sign are underway.

Relight the Night
03/27/2019
Relight the Night

Relight the Night

Please join us for the relighting celebration of the Fred's Photo neon sign on Friday, April 5th at 8:15pm at the Old Town Pocatello pavilion at 420 N. Main Street. The event will follow First Friday Art Walk. Mrs. Fred Cuoio who now 96 years young will be flipping the switch to relight the sign. A reception featuring some of Fred's work will take place at the Old Town office from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

City of Pocatello Lead Safe & Healthy Homes
03/22/2019

City of Pocatello Lead Safe & Healthy Homes

This is a window sill that tested positive for lead. Children will play on or set things on anything and everything! If your home was built before 1978, please call us - especially if you see chipping paint like this.

#Leaducate #PreventLeadPoisoning #LeadSafeKids #LeadSafe #Pocatello

Preservation Idaho
03/22/2019
Preservation Idaho

Preservation Idaho

We love this example in Tuscon, Arizona of how old buildings are the key to transforming a city. We've seen this in places throughout Idaho and would love to see even more.

Happy Idaho Day!
03/04/2019

Happy Idaho Day!

March 4 is recognized as Idaho Day, commemorating President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 signing of the act that created Idaho Territory.

This was just two months after he signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

He hand-picked a dozen officers to establish the foundation for Idaho government. And many of the acts during his administration directly shaped our state, from the Homestead Act to the Pacific Railway Act.

Some historians believe the creation of Idaho Territory at this time was a strategy to utilize mineral wealth needed for the Civil War and to prevent the expansion of slavery west.

Click the images for more:

Preservation Idaho
03/01/2019
Preservation Idaho

Preservation Idaho

The Ida Hawkins historic home in Coeur d'Alene is in danger of being torn down for the expanding courthouse campus!

Kootenai County is currently accepting bids for the historic home in favor of seeing it moved and saved. HOWEVER, the plan is to use the space to create offices. The reason they do not have plans to incorporate the current house for office space is that it is not large enough. As preservationists, we know that there are ALWAYS solutions to using historic structures to meet modern needs.

Regardless of the final outcome, we hope to see this home saved and preserved for its architectural and historical value.

02/25/2019
Idaho State Historical Society

Idaho State Historical Society

Idaho Day, March 4, was established to commemorate the creation of the Idaho Territory by President Abraham Lincoln on that day in 1863.

City of Pocatello - City Hall
02/21/2019
City of Pocatello - City Hall

City of Pocatello - City Hall

Recently, the group completed a draft historic preservation plan. The document “is intended to provide the City of Pocatello and the Historic Preservation Commission with specific community preservation goals and objectives and provide the step-by-step guidance to achieve them.” Now, the commission is asking residents to weigh in on the plan’s proposals.

“We want to hear from the public where they think historic preservation efforts should be focused in Pocatello,” said Terri Neu, City of Pocatello Staff Liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission. “We are looking to find out things like what areas of town or individual properties they would like to have listed on the National Register of Historic Places, any topics the public would like to be educated on, and if they would like a local historic preservation awards program.”

To view the plan, visit http://pocatello.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/852, and to comment on the draft, citizens can email Terri Neu at [email protected]. Written comments can be sent to City of Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission c/o Planning and Development Services Dept. PO Box 4169, Pocatello, ID 83205-4169. A public hearing before the City Council on the plan will be held March 7 at 6 p.m.

Relight the Night
02/21/2019

Relight the Night

UPDATE: This event has been POSTPONED due to issues with weather! Look for a rescheduled relighting in April!



Next week this sign is going to look brand new! Are you joining us for the relighting ceremony?

The time has finally arrived to relight the iconic Fred’s Photo Sign in Pocatello! Relight the Night, the Cuoio family, and community donors are excited to bring you the first sign relighting of 2019. Join us for First Friday Art Walk at the Old Town Pocatello offices located at 420 N. Main Street on March 1, 2019, from 5 to 8 pm. Fred’s Photo Service imagery and historical artifacts will be on display in Old Town Offices. THE RELIGHTING WILL COMMENCE AT 6:30 PM. Join us for this historical celebration! We look forward to seeing you.

02/08/2019
Idaho State Historical Society

Idaho State Historical Society

Idaho Day, March 4, was established to commemorate the creation of the Idaho Territory by President Abraham Lincoln on that day in 1863.

TAG Historical Research & Consulting
11/30/2018
TAG Historical Research & Consulting

TAG Historical Research & Consulting

Idaho has the best historical highway markers in the country--maybe in the world. (Full disclosure--we both love them!) In a series of oral history interviews conducted with him in the 1990s by former Idaho State Archivist Bill Tydeman, Dr. Merle Wells talked about the highway marker program, which was started in the 1950s under the direction of Peter Quarles, who worked for what was then the State Highway Department. The great design, which was adopted for its low cost to build and maintain as well as being eye-catching and easy to read, was created by George Bowditch, who was later the first person hired as curator of collections at the Idaho State Museum. Dr. Wells said he was brought in when Peter Quarles & George Bowditch realized that the project needed someone who could come up with accurate information.

Merle Wells was born 100 years ago on Saturday. Anyone with an interest in Idaho history owes Merle a debt for working his entire adult life to make sure that we would have the tools to study it, places to see it interpreted, and sites & structures to remind us of it. He would never claim to be solely responsible for any of his accomplishments, and in person he was so unassuming that, unless you knew him, you would not realize who he was. The Idaho State Archives will honor him in an exhibit this month at The Idaho History Center, scheduled to open tomorrow. The Center is located at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road and is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. To 4:00 p.m.

Thanks to Bill Manny for this great story in this morning's Idaho Statesman: https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/northwest/idaho/article222285390.html

Idaho State Journal
11/17/2018

Idaho State Journal

The Yellowstone Hotel neon sign has been 100 percent repaired and restored just in time for the holidays.

City of Pocatello - City Hall
11/08/2018
City of Pocatello - City Hall

City of Pocatello - City Hall

During the month of November, the Marshall Public Library will highlight the Chief Theatre on the second floor of the library. The display features an original door from the Theatre, photographs, and more.

“For many, the Chief Theatre is a symbol of their childhood,” said Eric Suess, Marshall Public Library Director. “We invite everyone to come take a walk down memory lane with the display and if you don’t remember or don’t know about the Theatre, come find out more about what so many talk about.”

Relight the Night
11/02/2018

Relight the Night

We had a great time last weekend at the Wild Hare Flea Market. Thanks to Linda Davies who gave us a booth for our RTN Raffle to raise money for our Buster Brown neon sign project. Thanks to Old Town Embroidery, Flowers by LD, Paige Weber and Lee Ann Dutton for our wonderful raffle items. Relight the Night has seen 12 neon sign come back to life since The Chief Sign came back to life on November 29th, 2013! Watch for Fred's Photo, Hotel Yellowstone and Buster Brown to come back to life soon in Old Town.

Relight the Night
10/24/2018

Relight the Night

What are you doing this weekend?

Stop by the VINTAGE FLEA MARKET this Friday (10 am – 6 pm) or Saturday (9 am – 5 pm) October 26th & 27th at Don Aslett’s Museum of Clean. Relight the Night will be raffling off some fantastic items to raise money for the Buster Brown sign restoration.

You will also find a number of vendors selling antiques and repurposed goods. You’re not going to want to miss it!

Idaho State Museum
10/13/2018

Idaho State Museum

Come experience the new Idaho State Museum! We have kid's activities all day, food trucks, and cultural performances all afternoon! If you're near Boise State or downtown, we will have a free shuttle making stops to the Museum until 5 p.m. Pick up/drop off locations are in front of the Clearwater Analytics building on Main Street and the Brady Garage on University.

Today's Performances:
11 a.m. Chinese Traditional Dancers
1 p.m. Marimba Boise
3 p.m. Ballet Folklorico

09/21/2018
Randy

Randy

The Greyhound Bus Depot in Pocatello, Idaho was built in 1946 and the curved neon running Greyhound in working condition is thought to be one of a kind. The Greyhound shines brightly every evening from dusk till midnight. Old Town Pocatello's Relight the Night repaired the sign and has been maintaining the Greyhound since it was relit in August , 2015.

Address

911 N 7th Ave (PO Box 4169)
Pocatello, ID
83205

General information

The HPC meets twice monthly on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the monthat 7:00 p.m. at Pocatello City Hall Council Chambers, 911 N 7th Avenue.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(208) 234-6500

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