Locally owned. Supported by members.

Larger still: Huge new mural takes shape on Downtown Boise building

Boise Centre is open

Artist David Carmack Lewis keeps leaving his mark on Boise. And each time, that mark gets larger and larger.

It started with The Big Back Yard on the Watercooler. Then moved to Absence and Presence on The Fowler – which we called one of the largest in the state.

Now, Lewis’s paintbrushes will grace the Key Financial Center building with an even larger work: 11 stories tall.

“Right now the working title is Over The Valley,” he told BoiseDev during a break Friday morning. “It’s sort of a stylized look at the south fork of the Payette.”

Lewis said he drove up to the area on his last visit to Idaho when he painted the Fowler mural.

- Story continues below ads -
Boise Centre is open
ICCU: Business Unusual

“I love that road. It’s kind of funny, this is such a tall building. The viewpoint is looking down at the valley, even though you are looking up at the mural.”

He said Key Financial Center’s owners put out a call for artists, and he said they selected his because it left the architectural framing at each of the stories intact.

“They saw my other murals. One of the things they liked was I wanted to leave the architectural elements in place. I almost wanted it to be a window. They liked that I took that into account,” he said.

Building co-owner Scott Schoenherr said they looked at more than twenty artists and asked six to submit proposals. He said he liked the creative nature of Lewis’ proposal. He pointed to a detail in the rendering as giving the project a little something extra.

Rendering of the finished mural. Via Scott Schoenherr

“The reason he put the chair there is he wanted people to envision sitting there and looking out over this scene,” Scott Schoenherr of building owner Rafanelli-Nahas said. “I think it’s neat. You want to do something that’s more than just a landscape but has some creativity.

He started work on the project about two weeks ago. He hopes to finish by June 22nd.

“My wife is working at home with the kids. I keep telling her ‘I’ll finish as quick as I can!'”

“We have public art at all of our projects and we didn’t here and we’ve been looking to do something here – and saw a big mural like that at a meeting in Detroit a few years ago and came up with the idea based on that,” Schoenherr said.

Over The Valley is the tentative name for this mural from David Carmack Lewis. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

History and changes

The building’s owners started work on a number of exterior upgrades, including new signage for key tenant Key Bank.

The building, first built for Boise National Bank in 1963, went through a number of changes and tenants over the years. It once featured a large digital clock on the side. In the 1990s, the building saw a major revamp of the exterior, with the brick painted and the architectural frames added to break up the façades.

1960s view of the building, via Idaho State Historical Society

Local news. Locally owned. Supported by members.

Your membership makes these stories possible. Plus, you get our popular daily email with all our stories delivered straight to you.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

“CCDC 3.0:” McLean talks about housing and the direction of Boise’s urban renewal agency

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean largely campaigned on changing the approach to growth and housing in Boise. With both rent and housing prices...

‘A lot goes into it:’ Boise-born, New York-trained chef opens local oyster bar

Donuts. A bar. Now - oysters. The former Regal Beaver space at 160 N. 8th St. in Boise -...

City says it won’t give funding to Downtown mobility project

The City of Boise said it will not provide funding to a new project aimed at providing resources to Downtown Boise commuters.

‘A big project:’ CCDC wants mixed-use, affordable housing project in west downtown

Boise’s urban renewal agency is planning an affordable housing project to spur more development on the western edge of downtown. 


Some Boise bike bars propose less stringent regulations amid complaints

Boise City Council was prepared to put the hammer down on controversial bike bars, but business owners are hoping for a compromise. 

Winter adjustments to Whitewater Park planned to stop ‘collapsing’ wave

Boise’s expanded whitewater park technically opened last July, but the city closed the centerpiece wave formation to wave riding action for nearly...

Another Idaho resort (yes, another one) listed for sale

Another Idaho resort is for sale.  This time it's is the Sourdough Restaurant and Lodge right off of Highway...

Albertsons sees stock pop after earnings report, rolls out new payment system

Boise-based grocery giant Albertsons reported a strong earnings story Tuesday for its latest corner - causing the company’s stock to pop on...
Tamarack Resort Q4 2020


Boise Centre is open


‘Sort of magical:’ Vegas country bar launches offshoot in Emmett – with a different vibe (and racetrack)

Country music tunes will soon waft from a portion of the old Boise Cascade laminate plant in Emmett. And Chris Lowden...

Twilegar challenges Bennetts in rare contested Ada prosecutor race

For only the third time in roughly four decades, voters can choose between a Democrat...

McCall’s hospital gets big upgrades with $40-million project

St Luke’s McCall is undergoing a major expansion with half of the hospital not seeing major improvement in 60 years.

Who will head Boise Fire? Chief finalists make their pitch

The two finalists to take the helm of the Boise Fire Department made their case to the community Wednesday night. 

‘There’s no affordable housing’: Essential workers face big housing challenges in Idaho resort community

Jeff Emerick was born and raised in the scenic, tourist destination and resort area that is Blaine County. But as time went...

“CCDC 3.0:” McLean talks about housing and the direction of Boise’s urban renewal agency

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean largely campaigned on changing the approach to growth and housing in Boise. With both rent and housing prices...