The chapel and its historic windows were restored during the recent Broadway Bridge construction. Paul’s Baptist Church on the north end of Broadway Avenue near what’s now Dona Larsen Park, it moved to Julia Davis Park and became home to the museum in 1998.
The Bishops House: Built in 1889 on the corner of 2nd and Idaho Streets as an Episcopal rectory, it was threatened with demolition in the 1970s.
An Idaho Power employee perched atop the building during the trip, said the paper, lifting the wires over the church with the help of a hydraulic hoist and a couple of co-workers.
Christ Chapel was rededicated as a nondenominational historic shrine in 1964.
The steam engine was suspended between two tractor-trailer rigs and pulled up the hill. The Idaho Transportation Department awarded $309,000 in federal funds for the entire project, which included moving the historic locomotive, preservation efforts, construction of the new plaza and interpretive signs.
Private donations also supported the restoration of Big Mike.
Then there’s Pioneer Village, the compound on the grounds of the Idaho State Historical Society in Julia Davis Park.
The houses there, including that of Thomas Logan (mayor of Boise in the 1870s), were originally built at 6th and Grove and moved to the park in 1933.It sat in Boise’s North End until 1963, when Boiseans raised the money to move the church to its present site.According to the July 9, 1963, Idaho Statesman, the move from 15th Street to Boise State took more than eight hours and required removing the chapel’s steeple so it could clear electrical wires.But other big things, including statues, houses of worship and even a locomotive, have also traveled the city streets on their way to new homes. Preparing the Moorish-style building for the move took weeks.One nice surprise: a licorice box “time capsule” unearthed near the synagogue’s front door.It became part of a public art installation by architect and artist Byron Folwell, who created a steel “ghost trolley” that stands beside the historic structure.