Our Private Idaho

Preservation of Idaho’s singular places is a central goal of our practice. Nowhere is this more evident than our work with The Atlanta School - an art & architecture school in the remote mining town of Atlanta, Idaho. Situated at the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Boise River, and at the gateway of the Sawtooth Wilderness area, their town is a “refuge for artists, historians, individualists, miners and naturalists”.

Our work here runs the gamut of education, hands-on restoration and construction, rehabilitation consultation, and the recording of historic structures and places. Since 2014, we have provided classes on vernacular construction, material and finish maintenance and repair, and documenting and assessing historic structures. Students learned a variety of practical skills and techniques, as well as an academic approach to preservation and rehabilitation. Look for upcoming classes and workshops in Atlanta and nearby Rocky Bar by visiting The Atlanta School (link).

PBS “Outdoor Idaho” about Atlanta (LINK)

Atlanta School promo video (LINK)

Radio Boise audio piece on Atlanta (LINK



Ghost Town Preservation

2014 - Present

Atlanta, Idaho

The Atlanta School


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“Over several years I’ve happily worked on several public art projects with Byron Folwell. He demonstrates great capacity for understanding the depth, complexity and history of a site; bolstering that understanding with further research and observation; and then clarifying and translating his insights into elegant and spare public art. He includes just the elements needed to communicate his vision; nothing unnecessary muddies his choice of materials, content, or story.

When working on Boise WaterShed public art projects with Byron, he demonstrated great comfort working with a team of artists while bringing forth strong conceptual ideas of his own. He backed up his designs with construction drawings, knowing they could be executed by the selected contractor."

Karen Bubb, Cultural Planner, Boise City Dept. of Arts & History. 2018.


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