The house was slated for demolition last year so the state could build a parking facility north of the
He's spent the months since renovating from foundation to ceiling, leaving many original elements -- wavy glass casement windows, a section of fir flooring that someone had painted to resemble oak, built-in cabinets, a sleeping porch and more -- in place.
"Everything we could leave intact, we did. Anything else, we re-created as closely as we could," said Boynton.
The house's first tenant, the
The party's executive,
The Knudsen House turned up a few surprises and mysteries. An excavation in the rear of the house revealed sawdust used as wall insulation. Boynton and contractor
"It was our
Better discoveries included a clever window system in the upstairs sleeping porch, allowing opened window panes to slip into pockets in the walls.
The house has a new basement and foundation. Sandstone veneer covers the foundation, compatible with the house's turn-of-the-century Dutch Revival style.
The house has a new electrical system, plumbing, insulation and communications wiring. False ceilings have been removed. The new tenants will enjoy airy, open rooms.
Boynton removed the original radiators -- save one to be transformed into a bench in the house's entryway. He donated the others to Preservation Idaho, and they will be installed at the
Burr saved and reinstalled the wrought-iron fence that circled the house at its original site. Crews put in landscaping Tuesday, just in time for the open house.
A FEW SNAGS
The road from the house's old site, 603 Franklin, to its new site, 812 Franklin, was not long, but it was bumpy.
In order to move the structure, Boynton had to make room for it by tearing down a historic house he owned at the new site.
Before tearing down the small yellow cottage at 812 Franklin, Boynton invited local preservationists, artists and builders involved with projects in
"Knudsen has very few things associated with his name. There are many more reminders of (partner
Boynton had intended to renovate the original house at 812 as office space. He'd never taken on such a project, but when he heard the Knudsen House was available to restore, he was immediately interested because of its size, beauty and history.
He said he hasn't figured out how much money he's spent renovating the house. His motivations, he said, included helping the community.
"We wanted to give this house a good foundation for its next 100 years," said Boynton.
Others share the sentiment. A number of people and groups have dropped by during work days, including neighbors and students from
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