Thursday, September 27, 2012

Slideshow: The Destruction and Rebirth of the Boise Hole

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

By now, most Boise residents know Boise's resident eyesore, the Boise Hole, is in the process of being filled. The crews and cranes crawling over the site at Eighth and Main streets are difficult to miss after the plot sat dormant for years.

But the Boise Hole was once the bustling Eastman Building, an office tower so popular that, after its completion, the roof festooned with 100 lion head figures on terra cotta cornices was temporarily removed while two more floors were added.

But by the 1970s, urban renewal led to demolition of many historic buildings, the Eastman included, after a fire consumed the long-empty structure. Now the corner of Main and Eighth streets is scheduled to receive a new addition to the Boise skyline by 2014.

After shovels turned in July, the former Boise Hole took its first steps toward becoming Idaho's tallest tower. Utah-based Zion's Bank plans to open an Idaho headquarters in the 18-story building, with other tenants signed on to open when the ribbon is cut.

Almost 150 years after the Eastman building opened, the Boise Hole will be filled once more. Here's a look back at the long road to filling the an empty gash in the heart of Boise.

Click here to see a slideshow.

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