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Orchids & Onions

Orchids & Onions

Since 1977, Preservation Idaho has hosted the annual Orchids & Onions Awards, a ceremony designed to celebrate those individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation, and in turn, to bring awareness to those projects which have shown an insensitivity to historic preservation.

Awards Ceremony Information:

Location: The Community Library, 415 Spruce Avenue North, Ketchum, Idaho 83340

Date: May 20, 2017

Time:  2:30pm - Doors Open, attendees may view the Hemingway Collection at the library

3:30 PM - Ceremony to begin

4:30-5:30 - Reception with drinks and light appetizers

Tickets are now on sale for the field trip and the awards ceremony.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members (plus fees)

To get member pricing you must log into your Preservation Idaho account first.

If you have any questions, please call (208) 424-5111


Field Trip Information:

Your ticket to the awards ceremony also provides the opportunity for a field trip to visit a significant site within the Wood River Valley. 

Reservations are required for the field trip and there is a limit of 70 spaces

Vans will depart from the YMCA at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. You must be pre-registered and be on a van in order to participate in the field trip.  
If you have any questions, please call Kathleen - (208) 424-5111

The following times are available to reserve your spot for Field Trips (your registration includes admittance to the awards ceremony)

11:00 AM Field Trip

12:00 PM Field Trip

1:00 PM Field Trip

If you want to attend the awards ceremony only, pick the 2:30 timeslot on the calendar.

 Hotel Accomodations:

A block of rooms is available at the beautiful Limelight Hotel.  You can contact them directly by phone 855-441-2250 and ask for the Orchids and Onions special rate ($119). The  room block is good through April 27th so book early.


This Year's Recipients:

Excellence in Historic Preservation:
  • Fremont County Courthouse - St. Anthony: award to County Commissioners Jordan Stoddard, Lee Miller, and Bill Baxter
Contribution to Historic Preservation:
  • Sturiale Place - Boise: award to Rita Sturiale for relocating and rehabilitating the Wood House from the Central Addition 
  • Jones House - Boise: award to Frank and Kathy Eld for relocating and rehabilitating the Jones house.  
  • The Vault (former Bank of Meridian) - Meridian: award to Josh Evarts
Cultural Heritage Preservation:
  • The Garage Cafe - Notus: award to Heather and Scott Zimmerman


Distinguished Preservationist:
  • Belinda Davis for over 30 years of services with SHPO/State Historical Society
Heritage Stewardship:
  • Hemingway House - Ketchum: award to the Nature Conservancy
Friend of Preservation:
  • Judge Walker
  • Alan Minskoff

Scott Chandler Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship:

  • Greg Marsters
Contact: For additional information about the recipients, photos, the award process, or to speak with a Preservation Idaho representative, contact Jamee at 863-899-1868 or jamee@preservationidaho.org