37th Annual Orchids & Onions Recipients

Boise, Idaho – April 22, 2014 – Preservation Idaho is pleased to announce the recipients of the 37th Annual Orchids and Onions Awards.

Every year, Preservation Idaho hosts the Orchids and Onions Awards, an awards ceremony designed to celebrate individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation in Idaho, and in turn to bring awareness to those projects that have shown insensitivity to the state’s cultural history.

This year’s Orchids and Onions recipients are as follows:

Excellence in Historic Preservation

Awarded to projects that have demonstrated outstanding adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards in preservation, restoration, renovation, or adaptive reuse (residential or commercial).

Building No. 33 Renovation
Fort Boise (the VA Medical Center), Boise

This project illustrates the potential for reuse and renovation at one of Idaho’s most important historical landmarks while meeting both modern needs and the highest standards of historic preservation.

Kress Building
Idaho Falls

The renovation of this downtown landmark provides an example to other owners of historic commercial properties that historic preservation efforts can achieve astonishing results with modest investment and attention to detail.

Oregon Trail Memorial Bridge Rehabilitation

Public investment in an iconic example of Boise’s infrastructure will allow this historic structure to continue its reign as the queen of Boise River bridges.

Contribution to Historic Preservation

Awarded to projects that have been successful in the tasteful restoration, addition, or remodel of an existing building (residential or commercial).

Gasser House

When broken pipes and nearly 260,000 gallons of water threatened to undermine this jewel of the University Historic District, a heroic effort saved the house from condemnation and restored it to use as a family home.

Rathbun-Forney House

With admirable attention to historic detail, this house will continue to contribute to the Warm Springs Avenue Historic District while providing a home which meets the needs of a modern family.

Sandpoint Events Center

Under the stewardship and investment of a series of sympathetic owners, the renovation of the historic Sandpoint High School shows that these touchstones of our communities can successfully be converted for contemporary use.

Cultural Heritage Preservation

Awarded to educational programs and projects that have made a positive impact toward the preservation of cultural heritage and open spaces, as well as the restoration and rehabilitation of historic landmarks and roadside architecture.

Boise 150 - Boise Sesquicentennial Celebration

This year-long celebration sparked an incredible public interest in local history and resulted in events and activities which promoted awareness of the historic richness and diversity of Idaho’s capital city.

Chief Theater Sign Restoration

The restoration of this iconic landmark provides an opportunity for Pocatello residents and visitors alike to witness the ongoing revitalization of downtown.

Jacobs-Uberuaga House Well Preservation Project

This collaborative project elevated public awareness of urban historic archaeology while recovering and preserving a rich collection of artifacts for future educational and curatorial outreach.

Treasure Valley Coffee Warehouse Reuse
Twin Falls

The renovation of this historic warehouse preserves the cultural heritage of a neighborhood historically devoted to the same use.

Heritage Stewardship

Awarded to organizations or individuals that have shown dedication to historic preservation through the long-term maintenance and care of historic, architecturally significant, or culturally important sites and structures.

Wasden-Croft Archaeological Preserve

The protection of this nationally significant site through a public-private partnership is evidence that stewardship of Idaho’s archaeological patrimony is possible with dedicated teamwork.


Examples of projects or programs insensitive to historic preservation can be awarded to individuals or corporations who demolish historically significant buildings or sites, or new construction that is insensitive or ignorant of the neighborhood’s history.

Loss of Historic Fabric in Central Addition

Evidence that despite the efforts of some property owners, policy makers, and the preservation community the result can still be the degradation and loss of architecturally and historically significant neighborhoods.


Awards Ceremony

Recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony held on the Veterans Administration Medical Center campus at the Mountain Cove Gym near Building No. 33, in Boise, Idaho, on Sautrday, May 31, 2014. Lunch is planned followed by the Awards Ceremony and building tour. The entire event is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 current Preservation Idaho members. A non-meal $10 ticket is offered for the Awards Ceremony and tour only. Non-meal ticket holders should arrive at noon.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 208-424-5111.

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For additional information about the recipients, photos, the award process, or to speak with a Preservation Idaho representative, contact Kathleen Barrett at 208-424-5111 or kathleen@preservationidaho.org.


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