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Work progressing on historic St. John’s entry steps

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Crews are getting closer to wrapping up work on a refresh to the entry of Boise’s Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. This is an update to a story BoiseDev first reported in 2017.

Better known as simple St. John’s, the cathedral building is about to mark 100 years in service. First built in from 1904 through 1921, crews started work last year to revamp the building’s entrance along 8th Street.

The cathedral, designed by Tourtellotte and Co., first entered the National Historic Register in 1977. It features the characteristic sandstone look that many of Boise’s early buildings sport.

Photo of St. John’s Cathedral circa 1917, courtesy St. John’s.

The focus of generations of wedding photos, the steps used to spill right off the side of the building toward the sidewalk. Now, the cathedral’s door open onto a raised platform, with two sets of stairs forking to the left and right, reaching the sidewalk in an L pattern.

“The design proposed is in keeping with authentic Romanesque design,” Insight Architects wrote in a 2016 application letter. The existing sandstone will remain, especially where it connects to the building. Any removed sandstone will be reused. Additional sandstone will match the existing for historical continuity. The concrete stairs and landings will have a penetrating stain concrete finish that is water resistant and tinted a color to complement the sandstone color as was the coloration in the previous stairs.”

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Work crews also completed updates to the entry stairs along Hays Street and other site updates.

The designers valued the project at $450,000 according to a building permit with the City of Boise.

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