Property Type: Residential
Neighborhood: The Bench  |  County: Ada  |  Building Status: Private  |  Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
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Robert and Edna Bailey had this Colonial Revival style home constructed shortly after their marriage in 1930. It is an excellent example of its style because of its accentuated front door and nominally decorative pediment combined with the symmetrical, paired, double-hung, six-over-six windows. Additional indicators of the Colonial Revival style include the house’s side-gabled roof and rectangular plan. The Colonial Revival style was one of the most popular housing styles in American history and traces of its influence can be seen in modern housing developments.

Robert was a native of Minnesota who moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, in 1911. He was an alumni of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and began work in Twin Falls in a transmission and protection (electrical engineering) group in 1927. He married Edna Clines on June 22, 1930 in Boise, Idaho. They took a trip through Yellowstone National Park before moving to Boise in early July, at which time they bought their property from the landowner and had their home at 2901 Kootenai constructed. Robert worked as an electrical engineer with the Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph company for 39 years. Their daughter, like her parents, was married on June 22, in 1946, and Robert and Edna became grandparents two years later.

The Baileys completed several projects on the house during their time there. They re-roofed the house in 1954, installed a gas conversion burner in 1961, remodeled in 1966, and added an addition to the garage in 1967. It is interesting to note that, although the addition changed the original plan of the garage, it occurred so long ago that the addition has acquired its own historical significance.