U.S. Bank Plaza

US Bank Building
US Bank Plaza in August 2008
Former namesWest One Plaza (1989–95)
Idaho First Plaza (1978–89)
US Bank Plaza (1989-–2013)
General information
Location101 S. Capitol Blvd.
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Coordinates43°36′54″N 116°12′11″W / 43.615°N 116.203°W / 43.615; -116.203Coordinates: 43°36′54″N 116°12′11″W / 43.615°N 116.203°W / 43.615; -116.203
Groundbreaking1976 (1976)
Completed1978; 43 years ago (1978)
OpenedSeptember 16, 1978 [1]
OwnerLaird Norton
Roof267 ft (81 m)
Technical details
Floor count19
Floor area256,197 sq ft (23,800 m2)
Lifts/elevators6 passenger, 1 freight
2 parking garage
Design and construction
Main contractorEmKay Development
and Realty Co.
Other information
Parking244-car two-level
below-grade garage

The US Bank Building is a high-rise building located in Boise, Idaho, formerly the tallest building in the state. Completed in 1978 and renovated in 2004, it rises 267 feet (81 m) spanning 19 floors. It was the tallest building in the state for over thirty years, until surpassed by the 323-foot (98 m) Eighth & Main Building.

Originally "Idaho First Plaza,"[3][1] the building was the headquarters of the Idaho First National Bank, which was founded in 1867. Built by EmKay Development and Realty Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boise-based Morrison-Knudsen, it opened in September 1978.

Following acquisitions in neighboring states, IFNB changed its name to West One Bank in 1989,[4][5] and was acquired by U.S. Bank of Portland in 1995.[6][7][8]

In 2000, the building was purchased by the property development firm Unico.

The condensed address of the building is 101 S. Capitol Blvd. Boise, ID 83702.

The building does not have a 13th floor. The floors are numbered one through twenty and skips thirteen.[9] The reason for leaving out thirteen is because of the superstition of the number thirteen. According to records once kept by the Otis Elevator Company, at one point 85 percent of the world's skyscrapers didn't have a 13th floor.[10]

  1. ^ a b c "Bank will dedicate new office building". Lewiston Morning Tribune. July 23, 1978. p. 3D.
  2. ^ U.S. Bank Plaza at Emporis
  3. ^ "Idaho bank plans rites". Deseret News. August 1, 1978. p. B3.
  4. ^ "Idaho First changing its name to West One". Idahonian. Associated Press. March 2, 1989. p. 9A.
  5. ^ "Idaho First National is now West One Bank". Lewiston Tribune. April 9, 1989. p. 4E.
  6. ^ answers.com - West One Bancorp. - accessed 2009-09-25
  7. ^ "U.S. Bancorp history". funding universe.com. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  8. ^ "U.S. Bank, West One to merge; deal creates one of nation's largest bank holding companies". Spokesman-Review. May 9, 1995. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "Is there really a superstition with the 13th floor?". KTVB.com. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  10. ^ Perkins, Broderick (September 13, 2002). "Bottom Line Conjures Up Realty's Fear Of 13". Realty Times. Archived from the original on April 30, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2008.

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