Hailey unveils historical interpretive plaques on historic buildings

Hailey unveils historical interpretive plaques on historic buildings

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Andy Hawley of Hawley Graphics installs one of many interpretive plaques in Hailey.

HAILEY — The Hailey Arts & Historic Preservation Committee has recently completed its Historical Interpretive Plaques Project, which showcases the history of the city through its historical architecture.

The committee identified 20 historical buildings in the downtown Hailey area, researched their history and worked with local sign maker Andrew Hawley of Hawley Graphics to produce and mount the historical plaques.

The committee and city officials will hold a special ceremony to commemorate the completion of the project at 4 p.m. Monday at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 S. Second Ave., Hailey. The public is invited to attend the event and take a guided walking tour of a few of the plaques with local resident historians Joan Davies and Robert Lonning.

"Honoring and celebrating our history is an important aspect of our community," Daniel Hansen, chair of the committee, said in a statement. "This commission spent months of volunteer work on this project, and we are excited to add another unique asset to the city that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike."

The historical interpretive plaques are located on the following buildings, some of which are on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Bullion Block Site/Werthheimer Building — Luke’s Pharmacy, 101 S. Main
  • J.J. Tracy Building — Lone Star, 111 S. Main
  • Golden Rule Building — El Toro Mexican Restaurant and Café Della, 103 S. Main
  • Commercial Building — Valley Carpet & Tile/Taste of Thai, 108 N. Main
  • Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main
  • J.C. Fox Building — Hailey City Hall, 115 S. Main
  • W.H. Watt Bank — Christopher & Company, 120 N. Main
  • Harris Building — Windermere Real Estate, 100 N. Main
  • Assay Office — Emmanuel Episcopal Church Thrift Store, 19 E. Bullion
  • Fox-Worswick Home — Wood River Land Trust, 119. E. Bullion
  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 S. Second Ave.
  • Riley Corner & Hailey Masonic Lodge, Bullion Street and S. Second Avenue
  • Hailey Community Baptist Church, 202 S. Second Ave.
  • Alturas Courthouse — Blaine County Courthouse, 206 S. First Ave.
  • Ezra Pound Home — Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 314 S. Second Ave.
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 315 S. First Ave.
  • U.S. Forest Service Buildings/Hailey Ranger Station, 308 S. River
  • Rialto Hotel — Barkin’ Basement, 201 S. Main
  • Inchausti Home/Basque Boarding House — Cornerstone Realty, 19 W. Bullion
  • Alturas/Hiawatha Hotel site — Atkinsons’ Market, 93 E. Croy
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