U.S. Bank Plaza (Boise)

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US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza in August 2008
Former names West One Plaza (1989–95)
Idaho First Plaza (1978–89)
General information
Type Office
Location 101 S. Capitol Blvd.
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Coordinates 43°36′54″N 116°12′11″W / 43.615°N 116.203°W / 43.615; -116.203Coordinates: 43°36′54″N 116°12′11″W / 43.615°N 116.203°W / 43.615; -116.203
Groundbreaking 1976 (1976)
Completed 1978; 39 years ago (1978)
Opened September 16, 1978 [1]
Renovated 2004
Owner Unico Properties
Roof 267 ft (81 m)
Technical details
Floor count 19
Floor area 256,197 sq ft (23,800 m2)
Lifts/elevators 6 passenger, 1 freight
2 parking garage
Design and construction
Main contractor EmKay Development
and Realty Co.
Other information
Parking 244-car two-level
below-grade garage

The US Bank Plaza is a high-rise building located in Boise, Idaho, formerly the tallest building in the state. Completed in 1978 and renovated in 2004, it rises 267 feet (81 m) spanning 19 floors. It was the tallest building in the state for over thirty years, until recently surpassed by the 290-foot (88 m) Boise Airport Air Traffic Control Tower.[3]

Originally "Idaho First Plaza,"[4][1] the building was the headquarters of the Idaho First National Bank, which was founded in 1867. Built by EmKay Development and Realty Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boise-based Morrison-Knudsen Co., it opened in September 1978.

Following acquisitions in neighboring states, IFNB changed its name to West One Bank in 1989,[5][6] and was acquired by U.S. Bank of Portland in 1995.[7][8][9]

In 2000, the building was purchased by the property development firm Unico.

The condensed address of the building is 101 S. Capitol Blvd. Boise, ID 83702.

The building does not have a 13th floor. The floors are numbered one through twenty and skips thirteen.[10] The reason for leaving out thirteen is because of the superstition of the number thirteen. According to records once kept by the Otis Elevator Company, at one point 85 percent of the world's skyscrapers didn't have a 13th floor.[11]

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  1. ^ a b c "Bank will dedicate new office building". Lewiston Morning Tribune. July 23, 1978. p. 3D. 
  2. ^ U.S. Bank Plaza (Boise) at Emporis
  3. ^ "Boise Airport Air Traffic Control Tower". Layton Construction Co., Inc. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Idaho bank plans rites". Deseret News. August 1, 1978. p. B3. 
  5. ^ "Idaho First changing its name to West One". Idahonian. Associated Press. March 2, 1989. p. 9A. 
  6. ^ "Idaho First National is now West One Bank". Lewiston Tribune. April 9, 1989. p. 4E. 
  7. ^ answers.com - West One Bancorp. - accessed 2009-09-25
  8. ^ "U.S. Bancorp history". funding universe.com. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Bank, West One to merge; deal creates one of nation's largest bank holding companies". Spokesman-Review. May 9, 1995. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Is there really a superstition with the 13th floor?". KTVB.com. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  11. ^ Perkins, Broderick (2002-09-13). "Bottom Line Conjures Up Realty's Fear Of 13". Realty Times. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 

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