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Garden District may make history

| June 15, 2023 1:05 AM

COEUR d'ALENE — Don't look now, but the heart of Coeur d'Alene may just be going down in history — in the best way.

The Coeur d’Alene Historic Preservation Commission is inviting the public to attend a Garden District open house at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 at the St. Thomas Center, 406 N. 10th St.

The commission is in the process of nominating the Garden District to the National Register of Historic Places.

The open house will include a presentation by the project consultant, Kirk Huffaker of Kirk Huffaker Preservation Strategies.

Listing on the National Register is an honorary recognition of the importance of the Garden District’s significance to Coeur d’Alene’s history, a press release said.

"It places no restrictions on what residents within the Garden District may do with their properties," the release said.

The Garden District is one of Coeur d’Alene’s oldest neighborhoods, represented primarily by residences dating to the 1895-1940 period.

It is roughly bound by Fifth Street to the west, 11th Street to the east, Montana Avenue to the north, and Lakeside Avenue to the south.

This is a continuation of the 2020-21 Reconnaissance Survey effort, which identified and inventoried 530 structures within its confines.

It revealed that about 65% of the buildings recorded had sufficient significance and integrity to be considered contributing resources in a potential historic district under the guidelines of the National Register of Historic Places, according to the press release.

Info: www.gardendistrictnrhp.com or Commission Chair Walter Burns, 415-259-7000 or burnswc@comcast.net

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BILL BULEY/Press

A couple cross the street at Fifth and Wallace, which is in the Garden District, on Wednesday.