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Preservation Idaho awards Orchids and Onions

Reprinted from the Idaho Statesman, June 28, 2009
By Statesman Staff

Preservation Idaho's 32nd annual awards were given Saturday in Nampa.

The Orchids, for positive contributions to historic preservation, went to:

Distinguished Preservationist:

Ann Swanson, Boise, for 25 years of Idaho preservation work.

Friend of Preservation:

Patricia Eames, McCall, for her work to preserve historic McCall.

Excellence in Historic Preservation:

Basin Butte Lookout building. The lookout in the Salmon-Challis National Forest was built in 1934. A partnership of groups renovated it in 2008.

Contribution to Historic Preservation:

The Overland/Crescent Brewery restoration. In 2007-2008, Triad Distributing in Nampa used this 1907 castle-style, former brewery office as the cornerstone of its business.

Cultural Heritage Preservation:

Maddy Baker, Post Falls, for her work with the Post Falls History Walk.

- Aaron Scheff, Boise, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Brownfield Response Program for work to remove environmental barriers to redevelopment in historic areas.

- Downtown Nampa Facade Rehabilitation Grant Program for its rehabilitation of the city's historic core.

This year's sole Onion, for insensitivity to historic preservation, goes to the Boise Independent School District for the demolition of South Junior High School. Constructed in 1948, the building was on the National Register for Historic Places.