Since its construction more than 100 years ago in 1910, the historic Owyhee has played an important role in the Boise community, hosting famous politicians, musicians, and other prominent visitors at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel.
During its century-long service to the city, this downtown anchor has been a backdrop for many a Boise memory book. Over the years, untold numbers have celebrated life’s most special moments—weddings, anniversaries, and other major milestones—right here.
The hotel has undergone numerous renovations throughout the years. The original gold stained-glass dome was removed from the lobby in 1977 and is now installed at the Idaho State Historical Museum, a rooftop garden reminiscent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon was closed in 1940, and a rather incongruous motel addition was built on in 1960.
Today, its grand glory preserved, enhanced with modern touches, the thoughtfully re-designed and restored Owyhee has been masterfully converted to feature 36 modern rental apartments, a revitalization of the banquet facilities, 60,000 beautiful square feet of modernized office and retail space, and the reopened rooftop terrace. The “new” Owyhee will surely be treasured and enjoyed as a beloved Boise icon for many years to come.