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Front View of Courthouse


1916 Adams County
Council, Idaho

Added to National
Register of Historic
Places in 1987.




to the Web site of the
Adams County Historic Preservation Commission

Current meetings: 4th Thursday of each month, 11:00 AM in the (new) Adams County Courthouse jury room or the law library.


Our first project is the preservation and restoration of the 1915 Adams County Courthouse located in Council, Idaho.

The Commission's mandate is to restore the building to its original state and to determine the best use of the building. At this web site you can find out what has been accomplished so far, as well as what is planned for the future.

January 2015 update-- After 15 years of effort and nearly a half million dollars invested in restoring the old courthouse, we are finding it very difficult to find grants to fund further progress. However, we recently received a $20,000 grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, which has been matched 

by an anonymous local donor, for a total of $40,000 that will be used to put a new surface on the roof this spring. Local contractor Jack Roberts has bid the job at $43,688 and we will be searching for more grants and donations to obtain that amount. The county commissioners have agreed to fund the amount we cannot raise. Work on the roof will start as soon as weather allows.

In the meantime, in 2015 the commissioners funded a new sprinkler system for the grounds west of the building, and it has greened up beautifully. The local Lions Club planted a number of trees, which further adds to the landscaping. Plus several metal silhouettes have been installed, depicting an old fashioned man and woman and children running with a dog. A horse and wagon will be added this summer.

Tasks yet to be accomplished, in order of urgency: 1) Handicap lift. 2)  A new roof. 3) Wiring the second of two electric furnaces that have been installed. We also need to additional heat sources to heat the entire building. 4) Air conditioning. (If you've ever been in the building on a hot day, you know why.)

Click here to see a gallery of photos or a history of the Council Valley area, as well as how you can help achieve the preservation of this important local landmark.



February 2010: The projects financed by the

Idaho Community Block Grant

are completed, and we have been notified that we will receive another significant grant that will be used to install heating and cooling, plus a wheelchair lift. When this is completed, it will enable the old courthouse to be used as a Community Center.

2007 grant photo

       On May 14, 2007 we met Governor Otter in McCall for the presentation of an Idaho Community Block Grant for $257, 649. Shown above are, left to right, Governor Otter, Adams County Commissioner Bill Brown, Dale Fisk, Pete Johnston, Elaine Johnston, Jim Peart, Tim Toomey and grant administrator Shawn Charters.


Project completed with the Idaho Community Block Grant:


1--Tying the floor/ceiling joists to the outside walls

2--Reinforcing the rafter/truss system and its connection to the outside walls

3--Repairing the Mission Style cupola on the front of the building

4--The front steps were rebuilt and the entry framework was repaired to make the formal entrance to the building more attractive and functional.


See pictures of some of the work HERE.

See a letter from the State Historic Preservation Office, which lists our accomplishments as of January 2011 HERE.







This Web site was initially made possible through a grant from the National Park Service.

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