Last week, BoiseDev broke word that the remodel and restoration of the historic Averyl building in downtown would move forward. Owner Cal Elliott told us he looked forward going “above and beyond” on a historic renovation of the 1910 structure.
Now we have a look at the plans for the project.
The Averyl Building to become The Avery
First, the name. The building went by the Averyl when first built, but many folks know it as the Blues Bouquet or Hotel Manitou.
Elliott will honor history, but tweak it a bit.
“It has been known by many names over the years as various tenants have occupied the building, among them the Boz Theater, Hotel Manitou, Granada Theater, Tiner Building, and the Bouquet. In order to re-brand the building, the current rehabilitation project has been coined The Avery,” Robert L. Thornton with CTY Studio wrote in an application letter.
Elliott and his team filed with the National Park Service for historic preservation certification in 2018. They estimate the rehabilitation costs will total $8.5 million. The NPS signed off with a few minor changes, including on treatment of fire sprinklers and some changes to the front facade.
The revamp plans for the building are at once extensive – and straightforward.
“Rehabilitation plans include returning the 21,333-sq. ft. vacant building to its original hotel use on the upper floors while the ground floor will be restored to bar and restaurant use,” Thornton said.
Through the application with the City of Boise, scores of references to preserving materials in the building or restoring them to former glory paint a picture of a project that harkens back to a historic Boise.
The outside of the building will see fixes to the brick exterior, as well as roof repair and new aluminum-clad windows to match the existing wood windows. The 70s-era storefront windows along Main St. will come out and a new a new set matched to the historic look will go in.
The lobby returns
The original Hotel Manitou lobby will be restored.
“Interior rehabilitation will include restoration of the original hotel lobby space, the only intact space on the 5,602-sq. ft. first floor,” Thornton wrote.
That small lobby has a front desk, room for a couple of chairs and a bench. It otherwise serves as an entry to the stairs and elevator.
Yes, the building has an elevator – though it will be replaced with a new model in the existing elevator shaft.
The Avery restaurant
The Avery restaurant will take up most of the rest of the Main St. side of the building. A dining room for about 50 sits next to a “Drawing Room” with a 1910-era fireplace.
Outdoor patio seating would offer additional seating for about 12.
The Avery will also feature a bar area additional seating for more than two dozen.
A large wine display will frame out the east wall.
Toward the middle of the floor, a new Prep area and kitchen will sit, dividing The Avery restaurant from a second public area.
Inside Tiner’s Alley
Tiner’s Alley bar will include the historic Blues Bouquet Brunswick bar. It will move to the opposite wall from its prior position and look out on to a large bar space with extensive seating, art, and another historic fireplace.
A new vestibule will be built on the alley side, providing access to the bar from behind the building.
Restoration for the hotel.
The hotel, on floors two-four, 56 rooms will consolidate down to 39. Along Main St., two king suites will look out onto the historic area below. Additional king and queen rooms fill in along the middle of the project. The building has existing light wells on both the east and west side on the upper floors. Toward the back of each floor, a pair of king balcony rooms finish off the hotel inventory.
Crews will retain existing fixtures and door hardware where possible, according to the plans, and bring in new fixtures to match in other places.
Lastly, the basement crawl space has been excavated for offices and storage.
Elliott told us last week that he wants to do something special in his hometown.
“I want to revitalize Main Street and bring it back to its old glory,” he said. “I’ve been practicing cooking in NYC and I want to bring my talents back to Boise, and I think Boise needs a historic hotel.”
No construction date or timeline is in place, and the plans will need to pass muster with the City of Boise. No hearing date set by city planners just yet.