The centerpiece of the Idaho P.E.O. Chapter House is a Classical-Revival style mansion which was built in 1910 as a private home and remodeled in 1950 for the Chapter House. On the main floor there is a large elegant living room, which can accommodate 40 in a meeting style arrangement – we have had up to 75 for afternoon tea! There is also a TV room/sitting room, dining room for 20 and a large modern kitchen where the noon meal is prepared by our staff. On the main floor there is a bright and cheery breakfast room where house residents prepare their morning and evening meals as they wish. In addition there is a two- room suite with private bath, which currently serves as our guest room, and the manager’s office on this floor. The main floor does have an outside ramp.
Access to the second floor is by the elegant open stairway or by an elevator. On this floor there is a common sitting room, a library/game room and three private suites each with two or three rooms and their own bath. Each suite offers different arrangements and square footage. Two of the suites have access to the balcony over the front porch. Residents bring their own furnishings to make their suite their home.
The laundry facilities are in the basement. The house is heated with central hot water heat with individual controls in each room. The upper floor has air conditioning. Cable television, WIFI, and all utilities are included. Weekly housekeeping is provided by our staff, as well as three meals a day – one is chef prepared.
The house has been beautifully maintained and is on the Registry of Historic Places. Great care is taken in preserving the historic value with any remodeling and landscaping project. Recently all the windows have been replaced with energy efficient windows. As that was done we were able to preserve the original beveled glass that brings rainbows in the house on a sunny day. The mansion is one of the gems in the city of Caldwell.
Just outside the kitchen is a large furnished covered patio where we often enjoy our noon meal during the summer. It is also available for events planned by residents or local P.E.O. Chapters. On a summer evening you might find residents enjoying a root beer float, a card game or a glass of wine.