Since a debilitating fire in the former schoolhouse and apartment building in 1991, a historic landmark sat vacantly and forgotten at the center of the town of Huston.
But with a little tender loving care and the touch of two teachers, the 100-year-old walls are being brought back to life. Leigh and Allen Evans, who are both originally from Idaho, lived and raised their family in Portland for over 30 years. It wasn't until 2016 that they decided to move back to their home state to begin a new chapter.
And a new chapter it became, with their purchase of the schoolhouse that sat idle at the center of Huston for almost three decades. They decided to remodel the house to make it their next home, and will include a library, art studio, and kitchen with "hopefully, eventually a farm table," says Leigh Evans.
The retired teachers' goal is to make this house a home for them to entertain family, friends, and their community. They also tell us that Allen will carry on his love for teaching with private trumpet lessons in their new two-level art studio.
Shiny new beginnings for both the schoolhouse and the Idahoans inside it.