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Moore­ Cunningham Queen Anne Mansion on Warm Springs Avenue

1109 Warm Springs Avenue , Boise, , 83702 , , Property Website Dated Posted: February 20, 2018



Circa 1891

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About This Old House

For over 125 years, the Moore-Cunningham Queen Anne mansion on Warm Springs Avenue has been owned exclusively by one family. Designed by James King, Boise’s first architect with professional training, construction on the home began in 1891, one year after statehood. Situated on a lot of just over one and a half acres, this estate is both commanding and welcoming, untouched by time and replete with character and authentic details. The home has retained the classic appeal of a bygone era as it remains remarkably unaltered.
One of the most prominent elements of the residence is the forty-foot-tall observation tower. Set at 45 degrees from the rest of the house, facing the northwest, the tower offers views of downtown Boise and the nearby foothills.
Few homes of our time are true works of art. Walking into the Moore-Cunningham Queen Anne mansion is like being transported to a picturesque and more genteel past. So little has changed; It is indeed a unique and remarkable home.
In the grand entry, a replace, vintage woodwork and the mansion’s intricately carved central staircase combine to create a remarkable welcome.
The formal dining room is ideally suited to host a grand holiday feast or charity event, with elegant mouldings and a warming replace creating an intimate yet impressive ambiance. The kitchen has two butler’s pantries, both with marble countertops, as well as a cozy breakfast room.
In the early 20th century, the estate’s main living area was separated into a front parlor where women gathered and a separate room in back for the men. The wall has since been removed to create an expansive living room for all.
A large sunroom added in 1903 is to this day decorated in the jade green selected by Laura Moore Cunningham. Its floor-to-ceiling windows provide lovely views of the swimming pool.
The second level has four bedrooms, each with beautiful views of the surrounding gardens and/or mountains. One of the bedrooms leads directly to a private screened porch. The second floor also features a sitting room and informal TV room.
The third floor has two bedrooms, colorfully stained glass windows and leads directly to the stately observation tower.
This home was the first on Warm Springs Avenue to utilize the area’s natural geothermal water, which is still in use today for heating both house and pool.
This expansive property, harmoniously nestled in Boise’s historical and charming East End, the property fully accommodates not only the elegant mansion but also a swimming pool, pool house, two-car garage and barn/carriage house.

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