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.
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).
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).
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.
A partnership between City of Meridian and its historic preservation commission and the Meridian Development Corporation allowed for a revamping and modernization of a walking tour that tells the story of Meridian's growth and history.
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.
Awarded to professionals distinguished for service in historic preservation. Nominees for this award would be those whose job it is to further the cause of Historic Preservation in Idaho through direct projects or education.
A structural engineer with fair, firm assesments of historic structures have been relied upon by preservationists and architects across the state of Idaho.
2015 Onion Award
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.
There was no Onion Award given in 2015
The 38th Annual Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
The awards were held in Sandpoint at the request of the City of Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission, and without their efforts and the effort of Melissa Bethel, this event could not have been a success. Others lending key efforts were the Sandpoint Events Center – Brad and Linda Scott for their generosity in allowing use of such a lovely facility – a 2014 Orchid Award winner – and their continued stewardship of this Idaho landmark.
Evaluation and Selection
Each year, an impartial jury is appointed by Preservation Idaho to review all nominations. This jury is typically made up of architects, preservationists, and historians. Evaluations are based upon information submitted in the nomination application.
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