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The History of the Boise Hole 

Idaho State Historical Society
When the Eastman Building was completed in 1905 it sat at only four stories. But demand for space in the opulent building pushed developers to remove the top of the building, add two more floors and place the roof back on top of the building. Pictured here in 1933, the building was full of business offices, doctors' offices and dentists through much of its life. L.J. Davis, in 1974, wrote the following on Boise for Harper's Magazine: "Leveling a business district takes time, sometimes years," he wrote. "And it does not take a great deal of thought to perceive that turning it into a temporary prairie of parking lots only increases the centrifugal forces that caused the area to decline in the first place. If the only thing you can do when you come downtown is park your car where the place used to be, most people are pretty much inclined to say the 'hell with it.'"
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