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Project Log: December 2007

Maulin-Hummel Tour

Recently, two Boise architects representing several generations of work dedicated to the design of the Idaho State Capitol walked through the building (currently under rehabilitation and restoration). John Maulin, lead architect/engineer at CSHQA (Boise), and Charles Hummel, namesake of Hummel Architects (Boise) and grandson of the co-designer of the 1905 state Capitol, spent a couple of hours on a floor-by-floor tour of the existing building.

They examined the lone round column found in the garden (below ground) level. Could it have been an entry for a visitor's area? Was it intended for the elaborate scagliola treatment given to all columns on the levels above? They jointly marveled at the quality of the artisans tasked with constructing the marble staircases.

Charles Hummel overcame several challenges to keep the building operable during a budget-conscious renovation during the 1970s. John Maulin has a different mission where he must lead an effort to restore public portions of the building to resemble its 1920 grandeur, yet operate every square foot as the seat of current Idaho state government.

Several junior architects and apprentices joined the two—soaking up the exchange of ideas and history.

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