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Midcentury time capsule hits market for first time, wants $594K

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By Boise architect and inventor Art Troutner

Home with triangular folded roof with points touching the ground and landscaped lawn.
The 1959 house was designed by Art Troutner, considered the Frank Lloyd Wright of Boise.
Photos courtesy of Mid-Century Homes by Moniker Real Estate

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Location: Boise, Idaho

Price: $594,000

This rare, essentially untouched midcentury modern home in Boise, Idaho, was designed by Art Troutner and completed in 1959. In addition to being an architect, inventor, and engineer, Troutner co-founded the Trus-Joist Corporation and is considered a pioneer in the field of wood technology.

And it’s no wonder why: The most striking feature of the Phillips House is its soaring, triangular roof that calls to mind origami, made of three folded triangles, “whose bases meet at the top around a chimney and whose tips descend all the way to the ground,” the result of which was “a three front gabled house, identical on every side.”

Coupled with its post-and-panel wall systems, the residence built for Dr. John Phillips, a professor and head of the psychology department at Boise State University, and his family, boasts a unique floorplan characterized by a triangular theme and comprising four bedrooms and two and a half baths arranged over 2,640 square feet.

As for the interiors, large windows, wood paneling, stone, and other materials create an impressive but warm space. A large stone fireplace takes center stage in the living area, while a galley kitchen, original bathrooms, plenty of storage, and so much more round out the rest of the home.

The only additions are a shop and a detached mother-in-law suite. Japanese-inspired gardens, lawns, and mature trees provide ample outdoor living opportunities. On the market for the first time, the incredible property located at 3233 West Edison Street in the Kootenai neighborhood right next to Bowden Park is offered at $594,000.

Courtesy of Mid-Century Homes by Moniker Real Estate