What is Idaho Modern?

Idaho Modern is an advocacy committee of Preservation Idaho. Its goals include planning tours, exhibitions and lectures, researching buildings, and serving as an advocate for Modern design. The group’s leadership, called the Mod Squad, meets monthly to plan educational events such as tours, exhibitions and lectures; research landmarks; organize field trips; and serve as advocates for Modern design.


Idaho Statesman Building, Boise. Built in 1951, designed by Pietro Belluschi

Idaho Statesman Building, Boise. Built in 1951, designed by Pietro Belluschi

Idaho Modern was founded in 2010 to promote the appreciation and awareness of mid-century, modernist, and recent past architecture and design in Idaho through education and advocacy. Created by an obvious need for Idaho to study, survey, and save its modern architectural and design jewels, Idaho Modern’s focus is on educating the public on this important facet in art and architectural history, particularly art, architecture, and design from the 1950s through the 1970s. Idaho experienced a building boom during that period and has significant art and architectural gems, as well as many living architects and designers who contributed to our landscape. Lately, Idaho has lost several important mid-century modern buildings, largely due to a lack of public education and awareness of their value.