Trout Architects assisted new owners of this South Boise icon. Our client’s intent was to restore the home to its 1919 state when the Hopffgarten’s remodel it with the architectural services of Wayland and Fennell. The original home sited on the property near Broadway and Boise Avenue was believed to be built around 1898. Its most prominent owner, J.H. Hopffgarten, was a celebrated sign maker and muralist. In 1979 the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Many of the home’s original details have been altered some were replaced the original. Along with helping the owners find historically accurate materials and construction solutions we also had the pleasure of discovering historic details that had been covered up by many remodels over the years. Three layers of roofing was uncovered with many different eras of moldings.
Assisting the owners to develop a construction crew of craftsman and trades, Trout Architect took a unique roll of construction management, creating a working budget, scheduling and day to day oversight of detailing and trades. The wood roof facade was replicated, the wood soffit was restored and a new certificated wood cedar shingle was hand nailed over a breakable roof layer to insure it’s future historic life. The front porch was shored up and a new concrete foundation was insert underneath adding support to a sagging deck. The classic round wood columns were removed with dry rot damage and restore was new bases and capitols. The existing wood porch railing was repaired back to it’s original condition. Inside the house a previous remodeled kitchen was redesigned and replaced with a new fashionable design created with a traditional vocabulary of the neo classical colonial style house.