Property Type: Institutional
Neighborhood: Warm Springs/East End  |  County: Ada  |  Building Status: Public  |  Architectural Style: Brutalism
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East Jr. High was built in 1953 in order to take the pressure off North Junior High after a large housing growth in the east end of Boise. This was a dramatic change from earlier as housing and schooling had not been permitted east due to the proximity of the penitentiary. The school is an amazing example of a style of educational and governmental buildings built in the 1950s. It mainly characterizes 1950’s style architecture and contains many certain aspects of a style called Brutalism. This style is characterized by the common use of brick and concrete and a large number of subtle right angles and occasional accented regions of the building. A great example that is fairly similar to East is the Yale Art and Architecture Building in New Haven, Connecticut. Over the years, the school has received new technological advances as well as additional wings and buildings. In 1972, an Industrial Arts building was added and it wasn’t until 1974 when the school added on a Gymnasium annex along with adequate dressing rooms for boys and girls. Unfortunately, this amazing piece of architecture will be no more soon. East is being moved to a new location being set up in this new century with new kinds of significance in the architecture field.