By 1970, the general deterioration and continued vandalism of the old Pleasantview school building had become a subject of concern in the community. Between 1971 and 1973, Glen Madison, a long-time resident of the area, took the lead in accomplishing two tasks: registration of the Pleasantview School with the Idaho Historic Preservation Council and the incorporation of a neighborhood group called Pleasantview Community Association. In the fall of 1985, the building was also listed on the National Historical Registry.
As with many organizations, interest and energy waxed and waned over the succeeding decades, but the purpose, the dream and the long-range goal, never changed; Pleasantview School would eventually be restored as a reminder of the community’s past, and it would remain a focal point for community activities and to bring neighbors together. To keep interest alive and to maintain some momentum, the ground floor of the building was restored and modernized sufficiently to accommodate meetings, private parties, neighborhood yard sales and the semi-annual Pleasantview Breakfast. At the present time, the Association sponsors a community potluck on the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome! Bring your favorite dish!
In recent years, a handful of neighbors and other dedicated volunteers from the community have launched more active efforts toward the actual restoration of the building. Beginning with two small grants, one from the Idaho State Historical Society and the other from the Idaho Heritage Trust, Pleasantview Community Association hired a structural engineer and consulted with an historical architect to develop a sound work plan. The monumental cleanup of the long-neglected upstairs classrooms, shoring up of the structure and a variety of other tasks has begun.
More details regarding our progress with building restoration will appear on other parts of this website.