Ada County

Photo courtesy of Justice Wayne Kidwell, Idaho Supreme Court, Retired

Ada County Courthouse

Ada County Courthouse
200 W. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 287-7070

Ada County Courthouse

Photo courtesy of LaDawn Marsters

Ada County Courthouse
Ada County Courthouse
Ada County Courthouse
Ada County Courthouse
Ada County Courthouse

Our old courthouse, located at 514 W. Jefferson, was sold to the State of Idaho and was used by the Idaho legislature during recent renovations to the capitol building.

In 1990, the Ada County Commissioners purchased 14.5 acres of prime commercial real estate in Boise's downtown core (3rd and Front Streets) for the purpose of building a new courthouse. At that time, the county's courthouse, located at 514 W. Jefferson Street in downtown Boise, was built more than 60 years earlier.

In 1994, the county developed a plan to include a new consolidated courthouse and administration building inside a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly mall concept in order to maximize the commercial value of the site and generate revenue to help offset much of the cost of the county building.

In 1995, the commissioners solicited proposals from development groups, and in 1996 an eleven-member panel appointed by the commissioners recommended awarding the project to a team headed by Civic Partners of Costa Mesa, California. Shortly after the selection, almost three-fourths of Ada County voters approved the concept on a primary election advisory ballot.

No new taxes have been or will be assessed to pay for this facility. The project is the result of the largest public-private partnership in the history of Idaho. The financing mechanism is complicated, but the county is never obligated for more than one year at a time. Revenue bonds were sold, and the county will pay off those bonds annually within 30 years. The land (14.5 acres) was owned free and clear by the county prior to the beginning of construction.

Groundbreaking for the new facility took place on January 20, 2000. Completion of the construction and completion of the move for all offices occurred in February of 2002.