The Neighborhoods of Historic Old Town were originally developed as a place for middle-class professionals, businessmen, and railroad mangers to live and raise their families. The neighborhoods are architecturally and historically significant and have one of the region’s most diverse and well-preserved urban streetscapes.
Some of the homes in the neighborhoods were constructed as far back as 1892, with the majority built between 1900 and 1941. Home styles range from Colonial, Tudor Revival, Queen Anne, and Craftsman prior to World War II. After the war, homes in the neighborhoods began to take on the trends of the day and more Ranch style homes were built in the area.
Today, the neighborhoods continue to foster a sense of community and provide a place for people and families to grow. Unique architecture, walkable streetscapes, and friendly neighbors are all within walking distance of a robust, active, and growing downtown full of shops, art galleries, and more. Today the area remains “The place to be, the life to live!”
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“For people who want a healthy, active lifestyle in a downtown location, the Neighborhoods of Historic Old Town are the gateway to a unique mix of urban vibe, outdoor recreation, and eclectic dining and shopping–all in a walkable community with friendly neighbors”
Old Town Neighborhood Assets
- Historic Downtown with charming streetscapes including lit trees, hanging floral baskets, and landscaped pockets that are visitor-friendly
- Taste the World on Main Street: Italian, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Greek and a new Colombian restaurant, just to name a few!
- Historic commercial buildings renovated to remember the past and function today: Pocatello High School, Station Square, the Eagles Building and the Marshall Public Library are a start of the list. A thriving business community is supported by the nonprofit, Old Town Pocatello. This ambitious organization leads out in many communal activities bringing hundreds of people to the core of our community. From several parades to the Farmer’s Market, to a weekly concert on the green, there is something for everyone to buy or to do in Old Town!
- Spacious parks hosting a variety of sports:
* Raymond Park offers tennis, football, a busy pavilion and children’s playground equipment.
* Pocatello’s only suspended bridge links Rainy Park to the beautiful Portneuf Greenway and offers a splendid escape into nature.
* Centennial Park has a tucked-away feel giving the neighbors a sense of privacy while serving as the gateway to splendid biking and hiking trails the entire available to entire community.
- Mansions, Cottages, Bungalows a diversity of housing stock to suit every taste. The beautiful Stanrod Mansion stands among a host of beautiful homes on lovely Garfield. The northern end of the neighborhood holds a premier home from the 1920s, a French Cottage belonging to the Ifft Family. Many a new homeowner has lived the renovation dream with a beauty found in Old Town Pocatello.
- Two favorite churches of the City are St Joseph’s Catholic Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. Both were feature paintings of local artist, George Wise. Timeless treasures!
Here’s whats going on in the neighborhood
The “OTNA” Facebook page has had over 450 people signup. Kudo’s!
The Gate City’s West Side was recently recognized as one of the 51 best old neighborhoods in the U.S. And Canada. Please click here to read the article published in the Idaho State Journal.