Monday, January 31, 2011
Do you know of a historic structure in Kuna?
In 2009, the Ada County Historic Preservation Council honored six Kuna houses as Ada County Treasures.
The time has come again to make nominations for this year's awards.
The Ada County Historic Preservation Council is now accepting nominations for this year’s Ada County Treasure Awards.
The Ada County Treasure Award program first began in 2003. The Ada County Historic Preservation Council honors up to six historic sites on an annual basis through this program, by placing a special County Treasure sign on the selected properties for two months. Last year’s County Treasure award winners include the Eagle Hotel, a rectangular, two-story molded concrete block structure, representative of the development of a small commercial center development to serve the rural settlement of Eagle during the period 1902 to 1910. Two Johnson Barns on or near Joplin Road were also honored with the award, as well as two homes near Eagle – The Simonson House built in 1910, and the Ross House built around 1905.
The Historic Preservation Council aims to raise awareness about historic buildings and landmarks, so they can be preserved as a part of Ada County’s history for future generations to enjoy. Anyone who knows of an old property or structure is encouraged to nominate it for award consideration. These awards help educate the public about the importance of historic preservation in Ada County.
Properties may be nominated for consideration by their owner, a local government entity, or local special interest group. Nominated property/structures must meet the following criteria:
1. Must be located in unincorporated Ada County, or must be related to the County’s rural history, government history or early infrastructure
2. Structures must be more than 50 years old
3. Must have historic significance. Properties which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or listed on Ada County historic resource inventories will likely qualify. To see the historic resource inventories, visit the Historic Preservation Council website at: http://www.adaweb.net/HistoricPreservationCouncil/Programs/CountyTreasures.aspx and click on Historic Site Inventories. The gallery of previous award winners is also available at this website.
5. Visible from public right-of-way
6. Still serviceable or at least in reasonably well preserved condition
7. Cooperation of owner in participating is essential
Nominations should be submitted to Ada County Treasure program chairman, Al Bolin by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at: 918 Ranch Road, Boise, Idaho 83702. Call 342-1298 with any questions. The deadline to nominate an Ada County property for the Treasure Award is March 1, 2011. Winners will be announced during the Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month in May.