North Side School - Bonners Ferry, ID
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N 48° 42.155 W 116° 18.932
11U E 550360 N 5394620
Quick Description: Opening on January 24, 1914, this was the first substantial school built in the Bonners Ferry area, replacing a two room wood frame building and alleviating overcrowded conditions for pupils and teachers alike.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 6/15/2014 11:09:56 AM
Waymark Code: WMKYGJ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
In 1992 the school closed and has since been turned into a B & B. Much of the original decor has remained through the renovation. It is a large and spacious B & B, with stairwell landing sitting rooms, a large dining room, spacious bedrooms and an overall atmosphere of an early twentieth century school. They have created nine bedrooms, each decorated in a different style, a hot tub and a heated pool which is open through the summer.

It isn't every day one gets to overnight in a school, much less in a National Historic Place. The school was designated a National Historic Place in 1992. Its outside appearance has changed little since 1914. The original school signs are still in place on the front of the building.
Located on a steep slope overlooking the town, the North Side School replaced an earlier two-room school on the same site, and was to serve the most rapidly growing neighborhood of Bonners Ferry. After bids were accepted at the end of September, the contract was awarded to J.G. Cox of Spokane. The architectural firm of Keith and Whitehouse, also of Spokane, drew up the plans. Although a bond issue for $10,000 had been previously passed, the Bonners Ferry Herald reported that the school's final cost totaled $15,000. The school opened on January 24, 1914, serving northside residents until 1990. The next year, Jim and Ruth Burkholder purchased the building, and at this writing are renovating the school for use as their home.

Architecturally, the North Side School is associated with the town's role as a center of the northern panhandle. The parapet over the entrance bay, the oversized brackets under the porch roof, the terra cotta trim and the rusticated brickwork of the basement level give the building a degree of formality not seen in schools of the surrounding communities. It typifies the "third wave" of school construction, in which officials could employ more mainstream design, approve the use of substantial materials, and in this case, hire architects to provide the plans. The school was designed so that another wing could be added that would be compatible with the existing building; however, this was never undertaken, and the school has an asymmetrical appearance, making it rare among Idaho schools.

The North Side School is historically significant for its representation of the stability and maturation of the public education system in Bonners Ferry, which in turn is associated with the development of this community. Constructed in 1914, the school was built during a period of economic and political consolidation in Idaho, and Bonners Ferry was not immune to the growth and prosperity that was experienced throughout the state. Architecturally, the building is an example of the more advanced phase of school design seen in Idaho schools from 1890 to 1930. It has a multiple-room plan, is constructed of brick and exhibits architectural details, representing a progression from the frame, one- or two-room schools of vernacular design that are associated with a more tenuous phase of a community's development.
From the NRHP Nomination Form
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Street address:
218 West Commanche (now 6497 West Commanche)
Bonners Ferry, ID USA

County / Borough / Parish: Boundary County

Year listed: 1992

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Education, Architecture

Periods of significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924

Historic function: Education - School

Current function: Residence - Bea & Breakfast

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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