Eighth & Main

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Eighth & Main
Zions Bank Building.jpg
Zions Bank Building as of Oct. 2013
General information
TypeOffice & retail
Address800 W. Main St.
Town or cityBoise, Idaho
CountryUnited States
GroundbreakingApril 09, 2012
OpenedFebruary 15, 2014
ClientZions Bank
OwnerGardner Company
Antenna spire323 ft (98 m)
Top floor216 ft (66 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count18[2]
Floor area350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectCTA Architects Engineers, Architect of Record Babcock Design Group, Design Architect

Eighth & Main is an 18-story building in Boise, Idaho.[3] At 323 feet, it is the tallest building in the state. It houses the Idaho headquarters of Zions Bank, as well as Holland & Hart and other companies.[4] Construction was completed in early 2014, and a grand opening celebration was held on February 15.[5] The location, formerly known as "the pit"[3] and the "Boise Hole",[6] 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, Clenera, LLC, and the Idaho Technology Council.[2] Half of the top floor (17th Floor), known as the Idaho & Snake River Rooms, is available for limited public rental focused on non-profit and community oriented events.[4]


The building's spire was changed several times after complaints that it resembled similar spires used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[7]

Former structures[edit]

Eastman Building,
circa 1970s

The Overland Hotel occupied the site from 1864 to 1904, and a noteworthy guest in 1870 was General William T. Sherman.[8] The hotel was purchased by Hosea B. Eastman in 1877,[9] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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 over a day and a half,[12][13] and was demolished soon after.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "8th and Main Tower". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  2. ^ a b Brandt, Jaclyn (March 14, 2012). "Gardner Co. announces five new tenants for building in downtown Boise". KNIN-TV. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "At Eighth & Main party today, bands energize a large crowd". Idaho Statesman. February 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  6. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (September 25, 2011). "Eye on Boise: Zions offices would complete Boise core". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "8th and Main building developers to change spire following complaints". KTVB-TV. October 25, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Collias, Nicholas (November 23, 2005). "The Hole Truth And Nothing But". Boise Weekly. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Ben Eastman – Charter Member". Boise Rotary Club. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  10. ^ "Mall foes lose suit". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. November 9, 1979. p. 6.
  11. ^ "Building may move". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. February 8, 1981. p. A17.
  12. ^ "Stubbon fire guts old Boise building". Bend (OR) Bulletin. UPI. January 25, 1987. p. A-6.
  13. ^ "Downtown Boise fire under control". (Moscow) Idahonian. Associated Press. January 26, 1987. p. 5.

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