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.

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
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

City of Pocatello - City Hall
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.”

Nice work, Jacquee. If you’re interested in helping to buy headstones for veterans please contact the City of Pocatello ...
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.”

Relight the Night
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.

Preservation Idaho
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.

Preservation Idaho
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.

City of Pocatello - City Hall
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.

TAG Historical Research & Consulting
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

City of Pocatello - City Hall
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.”


Open house at the Greyhound Bus Depot this evening at 6-7.


The Brady Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery will be open today from 11am until 4pm.


Bannock Memorial Hospital Star Relighting November 30th
History of the Star Requested

The relighting ceremony for the historic Bannock Star will take place November 30th at 6 p.m. at the parking garage of the Portneuf Health Trust Bannock Campus, 651 Memorial Drive in Pocatello. The event, which is open to the public, will include a brief presentation.

“I think people who have special memories of the star as part of the holiday season in Pocatello might come to see it refinished and placed in its new home,” said Shaun Menchaca, president and CEO of the Health Trust.

In behalf of Portneuf Health Trust, I am seeking any history about the Bannock Star. The Trust would love to have the complete history of the Star in place before the relighting ceremony on November 30th. Please forward any information you may have to me soon.

Pocatello should be proud of relighting the Chief Theatre, Greyhound Bus Depot, and Pocatello Indian neon signs since 2013. And now, the Portneuf Health Trust will relight the Bannock Star. The restoration and relighting of four historic neon signs in Pocatello is something we can be proud of. In all, nineteen historic neon signs now brighten Old Town Pocatello.

Relight the Night has identified several more projects it would like to complete in the future. Several other building owners are considering restoration of their signs as well. Will we restore every neon sign in Pocatello? We don't know yet-we're still trying.

Randy Dixon
Relight the Night Committee Chair


Brady Chapel at the Mountain View Cemetery will be open on Veteran's Day (Friday, November 11) from 11a-1p and 3p-5p.


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City of Pocatello - City Hall
City of Pocatello - City Hall

City of Pocatello - City Hall

Meet the man responsible for the look of downtown Pocatello in the inaugural newsletter from the Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission.

Read on at bit.ly/1osXgvr


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

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


(208) 234-6500


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