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.
The awards ceremony and luncheon was held University of Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center (Historic Ada County Courthouse) in Boise, ID on May 21, 2016. Murals and parts of the rehabilitated building were available for attendees to view.
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).
There were no awards given for this category in 2016.
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).
Preservation-Sensistive New Construction
Awarded to new construction that enhances a historic neighborhood or historical theme (residential or commercial).
St. John's Cathedral Parking Lot and Playground, Boise
To INSIGHTarchitects and the St. Johns Cathedral in Boise.
Friend Of Preservation
Awarded to non-professional individuals distinguished for service in historic preservation. This includes, but is not limited to, those who volunteer for preservation organizations, historical societies or museums.
Barbara Dawson, Boise
For 10 years of civil service in her volunteer position with City of Boise Historic Preservation Commission and her work with teaching realtor training classes.
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.
Mary H. Williams, Hamilton, MT
For a 20 year career with the USDA Forest Service in the Bitterroot Wilderness and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness preserving ranger stations and historic orchards.
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.
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.
2016 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.
Jefferson County Courthouse, Rigby
Demolition of 1938 Art Deco, National Register Listed Courthouse.
Special Award of Recognition
In 2016 Preservation Idaho bid farwell to a person that has been integral in the development of Preservation Idaho's programs and tours for more than a decade.
Dan Everhart, Boise
For 12 years of service in advocacy and preservation on behalf of Preservation Idaho. Best of luck in your endeavors at Restore Oregon!
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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