Zions Bank Idaho Headquarters

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Eighth & Main
Artist's rendering
Zions Bank Building as of Oct. 2013
General information
Status Complete
Type Office & retail
Address 800 W. Main St.
Town or city Boise, Idaho
Country United States
Groundbreaking April 09, 2012
Completed 2014
Client Zions Bank
Owner Gardner Company
Antenna spire 323 ft (98 m)
Technical details
Floor count 18[1]
Floor area 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2)
Design and construction

CTA Architects Engineers, Architect of Record

Babcock Design Group, Design Architect

Eighth & Main is an 18-story building in Boise, Idaho.[2] At 323 feet, it is the tallest building in the state. It houses the Idaho headquarters of Zions Bank, as well as other businesses.[3] Construction was completed in early 2014, and a grand opening celebration was held on February 15.[4] The location, formerly known as "the pit"[2] and the "Boise Hole,"[5] had sat vacant since 1987.

Besides Zions Bank, other tenants include Holland & Hart LLP, Ruth's Chris Steak House, CTA Architects Engineers, First American Title Company, and the Idaho Technology Council.[1] The top floor, known as the Founders Room, is available for public rental.[3]

Former structures[edit]

Eastman Building,
circa 1970s

Until 1987, the site was occupied by the Eastman Building, designed by Tourtellotte and Company. Originally four stories when it opened in 1905 as the Overland Building, two more were added in 1910.[6] It was renamed the Eastman Building in 1926 following the owner's death and was filled with legal, dental, and medical offices. It gradually fell from favor and it was acquired in 1972 by the Boise Redevelopment Agency for a proposed downtown mall.[7] Slated for demolition in 1978, preservationist interests intervened and it stood idle for nearly another decade. An offer was made in 1981 to move it several blocks south to the 8th Street Marketplace.[8] With plans finally set for its refurbishment, the Eastman Building was destroyed two days later by fire in January 1987, fought by more than one hundred firefighters for a over day and a half,[9][10] and was demolished soon after.[11]

The Overland Hotel occupied the site from 1864 to 1904, and a noteworthy guest in 1870 was General William T. Sherman.[11] The hotel was purchased by Hosea B. Eastman in 1877,[6] and was the site of Boise's first telephone exchange in 1883. With the intent of building a new hotel it was demolished in 1904, but after estimates were deemed too expensive, Eastman decided on a retail and office building instead.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Brandt, Jaclyn (March 14, 2012). "Gardner Co. announces five new tenants for building in downtown Boise". KNIN-TV. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Fink, Eric (April 9, 2012). "After years of failed attempts, hope and promise fill the new plan for Boise's PIT". KNIN-TV. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Zions Bank Will Build 15-Story Idaho Headquarters Building at Boise Tower Site Beginning Next Spring". Idaho Statesman. September 19, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "At Eighth & Main party today, bands energize a large crowd". Idaho Statesman. February 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  5. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (September 25, 2011). "Eye on Boise: Zions offices would complete Boise core". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Ben Eastman – Charter Member". Boise Rotary Club. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mall foes lose suit". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. November 9, 1979. p. 6. 
  8. ^ "Building may move". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. February 8, 1981. p. A17. 
  9. ^ "Stubbon fire guts old Boise building". Bend (OR) Bulletin. UPI. January 25, 1987. p. A-6. 
  10. ^ "Downtown Boise fire under control". (Moscow) Idahonian. Associated Press. January 26, 1987. p. 5. 
  11. ^ a b c Collias, Nicholas (November 23, 2005). "The Hole Truth And Nothing But". Boise Weekly. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 43°36′58″N 116°12′13″W / 43.61611°N 116.20361°W / 43.61611; -116.20361