Les Amis des Avenues are getting closer to creating a historic residential district

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Friends of the Avenues moved closer Monday to preserving a historic residential neighborhood in Twin Falls.

The Town of Twin Falls voted to allow the Historic Preservation Commission and others to partner with Friends of the Avenues so they can consider an area for historic designation. This would allow homes in the historic district to retain their original design when the city was founded.

Kate Lopez is a member of the community group and lives in one of the houses in this potential neighborhood. Her home was built in 1909 and she says she sees the value of change but the importance of preservation.

“It’s important for things to change, but it’s also important to have a balance between things that don’t change,” Lopez said.

Lopez said it was an honor to live in her home and be a part of Twin Falls history.

“My house was built by one of the first people who came to Twin Falls and worked here and there have been generations in this house. They had it for 50 years,” Lopez said.

She also sees value in this area and knows what Twin Falls could lose.

“Once they’re gone, they don’t come back, and it costs very little to tear down in this town,” Lopez said.

She said part of the reason she was doing this was to show the respect that the original owners of these homes deserved and that she loved living in Twin Falls.

“We owe them that respect. They did a great job with Twin. It’s a wonderful place to live and one of the reasons is the layout of the old houses and I think it’s important to respect that,” she said.

The Friends of the Avenues still have a long way to go before the city designates a new historic district.

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