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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 Boise City Department of Arts & History’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy, education, services, and support for Arts and History to enhance the community’s quality of life. Our vision is to make Boise the most livable city in the country because it ensures that people have access to art and history and the opportunity to 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