2008 Modernism Symposium

Prior to the creation of Idaho Modern, Preservation Idaho co-sponsored the Modernism in the Northwest Symposium, held September 4-5, 2008.


The symposium educated attendees on modernism by bringing national and local experts to Boise. These speakers, representing the public and private sectors, included the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Attendees traveled from around the northwest including Oregon, Washington, Montana, and of course, Idaho. Additionally, there were registrants from California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Washington D.C. The event proved to be so popular in fact that registration was closed two weeks in advance as the additional interest could not be accommodated. 

The event focused on identifying and evaluating architectural resources that embody the distinctive characteristics of mid-century American architecture. Residential and commercial structures from 1945-1975 and their stylistic details were examined. Sessions allowed for dialogue on the seven aspects of integrity, the 50 year rule, and the nuances of formulating a compelling determination of significance. Additionally, an interactive bus tour gave attendees a chance to observe residential subdivisions, Arthur Troutner homes, and adaptive re-use projects.