Boise Main Library to be Replaced
Did you know that the current Boise Main library was originally a warehouse built in the 1940's? According to the Idaho Statesman, it wasn't until 1973 that the building was retrofitted to become the main library branch in Boise. Apparently, plans to replace or remodel the library have been brewing for about two decades. Back in 2008, the city got an estimate of about $120 million to replace the building on Capitol Blvd, that was clearly too much.
Since then, there have been several different options proposed for "remodeling, expanding or replacing the building." Finally, it looks like they've decided to make a move. According to the Idaho Statesman, library officials have called on the world-famous architect Moshe Safdie to help them out. He along with architects from Boise-based CSHQA have been working on the new plans for months.
CLICK HERE to see some of the early sketches for what the library could look like!
The new library would be four floors and have about 110,000 square feet, with an 18,000 square-foot theater, and even a gallery in the 20,0000 square-foot Arts and History Department. The city is shooting to break ground in 2019, with the project completed by 2021.