In 2003 members of a North End group named the Hyde Park Community Youth Center applied for and successfully got the Immanuel M.E. Church included in the Preservation Idaho and National Historic Trust statewide list of the “Top Ten Most Endangered” list of threatened or endangered historic places.
Built as a mission church for Boise’s expanding Methodist congregation, this church was designed by Idaho’s most important architectural firm, Tourtellotte and Hummel, with adherence to the popular Akron Plan of church design in a unique Romanesque structure.
In the late 1970s, with a diminishing congregation, the building was sold into private hands to an owner who planned to convert the building into apartments. This idea proved too difficult to see through to completion and by the time of our inclusion of this building on the “most endangered sites list”, it had suffered for decades from lack of appreciation, insufficient maintenance, and neglect.
The Immanuel Methodist Episcopal Church has been purchased by the Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Arts or TrICA and the chapter named the “Hyde Park Community Center” was closed.
Preservation Idaho is pleased that Jon Swarthout of TRICA “included us early in their plans, and it is with honor that we announce – only four years after our initial listing of this building – that Preservation Idaho will partner in the rehabilitation of this important piece of Boise’s social and architectural history.”
The Immanuel ME Church renovation has been a featured project on Preservation Idaho – click here
One of the primary goals of the project according to Jon Swarthout, founder and director of the Children’s Dance Institute and TRICA will remain, “to restore the Immanuel M.E. Church at the corner of 14th and Eastman”. The “Old” Church was built just after the turn of the last century.
The church was designed by the architects of the Idaho State Capitol, J. E. Tourtellotte and Hummel. The chief architect is reported to have been Mr. Hummel of the firm. It is a rare and unique building and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Church operated and was a center of the Northend neighborhood community until the mid 1980s, when it was purchased as a private residence and the interior and fixtures were dismantled and sold off. It was then sold again and not well-maintained or renovated and continued to deteriorate.
TrICA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. For more information about the project and TRICA go to www.trica.org
To find out how you can support this project contact call (208) 484-0142.