The Owyhee is a mixed-use, adaptive re-use and repositioning of Boise's landmark Owyhee Hotel, completed in 2014. The project is 120,000 square feet and includes office tenant spaces, business lobby, common lounge and community work space, two restaurants, street level retail, ballrooms and rooftop event space. A repurposed 1950's era addition now houses 36 rental apartments and a dedicated residential lobby. Beebe Skidmore worked in conjunction with The Architects Office to provide new wood storefronts, new double-hung office windows, new apartment windows, restored sandstone, brick facade and cornice elements, new geothermal heating, HVAC and fire protection, integrated acoustic treatments, wayfinding, and seamless egress upgrades. The Owyhee was approved through design review by the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program and Boise Downtown Design Standards & Guidelines.
The project combines technically precise renovation with a clear strategy for urban architectural identity. In addition to restoring the best of the original Owyhee’s heavily damaged historic fabric, the design creates a contemporary, urban and singular identity that unifies a multi-part building. The exterior of the full-block massing is unified with a crisp black and white color scheme and punched with cantilevered architectural lettering, designed to enhance the proportions of the architecture. On the interior, a complex circulation systems is made legible. A renovated fireplace and seating area of salvaged and restored furniture are complemented by a custom 40-foot work table for use by anyone in the building.
Photography: Laure Joliet & Beebe Skidmore