Project Description

LKV Architects is working on a series of projects at the Old Idaho Penitentiary which involve structural upgrades to existing historic buildings and a full property master plan for the Idaho State Historical Society. Architectural preservation of the existing facilities has been the common goal of the past projects that LKV Architects have complied on the site.

2011 Master plan (Ongoing)
The master plan will involve a full site evaluation of all existing structures, site utility infrastructure, site grading, property boundaries, and potential future outline of utility extensions and land use opportunities.

1890 Cellhouse
Due to roof leakage over an extended period of time, the exterior stone masonry walls of this building are severely deteriorated with extensive mortar loss and loose and displaced stone. The existing cornice framing and sheet metal covering is basically “gone”. The work for this project, currently in design, will include repair / repointing / reinstallation of stone masonry and reconstruction / replication of the cornice.

1952 Heat Plant
This completed project consisted of replacing existing roof framing, which had been exposed for some time, with new beams and joists, and installing new roof decking and roofing. Ground penetrating radar scanning of existing concrete columns and beams to verify presence of steel reinforcing was used in the evaluation of existing structural capacities.

Original Dining Hall
The stone riprapped retaining walls of the full depth area wells surrounding three sides of the basement of this burned out building shell were in seriously deteriorated condition and in danger of collapse. The retaining stone at the north and south area wells was re-laid over new shotcrete backup.

Project Details

Location: Boise, Idaho
Owner: State of Idaho
Completion Date: Ongoing