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The City of Boise purchased the James Castle House in 2015. After almost a century of residential use, the house today is a center for contemporary and historical exhibits, tours, performances, talks, an Artist-in-Residence program, and community partnerships.

The James Castle House is managed and staffed by the Boise City Department of Arts & History as part of its Cultural Sites program. This program reflects Boise’s dedication to saving, reinventing and promoting historic properties unique to Boise’s history. Valuable historic buildings are saved and re-purposed, creating meaningful new opportunities for the community to collaborate and engage in physical spaces that are literally irreplaceable.


The Department of Arts & History’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy, education, services, and support for Arts and History to preserve Boise’s character and enhance our community’s quality of life. We envision a city where everyone has access to art and history, and the opportunity to pursue and experience Boise through a variety of cultural offerings.

To learn more about the Boise City Department of Arts & History and its Cultural Sites program visit

We acknowledge that the James Castle House resides on the ancestral, cultural, traditional, and unceded territory of the Shoshone, Bannock, and Northern Paiute people.