the bown house

historic renovation

The Bown House sits on its original site at the end of East Victory Road, enhancing the Riverside Elementary School campus.  This two-story sandstone structure, constructed in 1879, is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The purpose of the renovation was to return the house to its early 1890’s splendor while incorporating a museum educational program dedicated to pioneer life.


The house is the centerpiece of the Elementary School Education Curriculum Program. The Idaho Historic Preservation Society, the Independent School District and Trout Architects have provided a monument through which young people can step back in time.




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National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award, 1995

The Idaho Heritage Trust, Glen Janss Environmental Excellence Award, 1994

Idaho Historic Preservation Council Orchid Award, 1996




In association with Trout Architects