Trout Architects is assisting the owner of this iconic historic building with multiple tenant improvement projects to provide necessary code upgrades as will be required for their potential future tenants. Stairs have been reconstructed to meet current code exiting requirements in new fire rated stair towers. A new elevator has been installed and new modern restrooms are under construction. A new fire sprinkler system has also been installed and a new HVAC system is designed and is being installed.
The Armory Building was constructed in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) under President Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. It is noted in the registration that the armory has significance of its association with the reorganization and professionalism of the Idaho National Guard during the period between the two world wars, as well as architectural significance as a definitive work of Boise architects Tourtellotte & Hummel.
The building is architecturally defined by its Art Deco style with detailed lintels and pilasters. The building also has as a very prominent Drill Hall at the center of the building. The Drill Hall is a very large open space spanned by large barrel vault trusses. The building has been vacant for several years.
The construction methodology as well as the unskilled labor used to build this structure created a complex and wonderful pattern, color, and texture to the concrete of the exterior walls. This building holds a strong story about our past that is part and parcel of a wonderful historic building.
Given the historic nature and great significance of the building attention to historic details and elements are of the utmost importance in the adaptive reuse of this building.