Cultural Sites

Historic house

The Cultural Sites program reflects Boise’s dedication to saving, reinventing and promoting historic properties unique to our city’s history. Valuable historic buildings are saved and re-purposed, creating meaningful new opportunities for the community to collaborate and engage in physical spaces that are literally irreplaceable.

Saving and restoring a community’s cultural assets plays an important role in economic development—local and national data shows high return on investment for the type of redevelopment and historic preservation Boise undertakes with its Cultural Sites program. 

In July 2015, the Department of Arts & History purchased the James Castle House with plans to preserve and program the facility, celebrating neighborhood history and the life and work of internationally-known artist James Castle. The James Castle House belongs to a suite of historic properties owned by the City of Boise, illustrating the city’s dedication to adaptive re-use and historic preservation with a commitment to arts and culture.  

To view data related to the program, learn more about the Cultural Sites program or the James Castle House, please contact Rachel Reichert at 208-608-7046.

“Defining a sense of place and celebrating culture helps build a community’s character and charm.”  
-Rachel Reichert, James Castle House Manager



Stay tuned for more A&H news regarding the James Castle House now in development. If you know of other heritage sites in the City of Boise with potential for strategic redevelopment and cultural programming, please call Director of Arts & History Terri Schorzman at 208-608-7048.



Passionate about Boise culture and our shared heritage? Here’s how you can help:

Follow us on social media and bring your friends to Cultural Sites programs and events. 

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Think Cultural Sites are a particularly worthy cause? Consider making a tax-deductible donation.