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.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Awards ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m.
Lunch and building tour to follow.
Tickets: $20 members, $25 non-members
Trinity United Methodist Church
237 N. Water Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83402 (map)
Download the press release announcing the recipients.
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).
12th Street Bungalow, Idaho Falls, ID
The project fully meets the accepted best practices in historic preservation while serving as an example for the possibilities of adaptive re-use of an income producing property.
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).
Stoddard House Restoration, Silver City, ID
Arguably the most important residential landmark in Silver City, its preservation deserves attention and recognition.
O.E. Bell Building, Idaho Falls, ID
Historic schools are often threatened, yet this project shows they can successfully be converted for contemporary use.
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.
Julie Braun Williams, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Arco, ID
Williams has not only excelled in her position as manager of historic resources at the INL, but has served as a professional example through work as a volunteer chair of her local historic preservation commission.
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.
Father Gerald J. Funke, Nampa, ID
Awarded in recognition of Father Funke’s commitment to the preservation of Owyhee County buildings and his leadership in the restoration and maintenance of the historic structures under his care.
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.
Trailing of the Sheep Festival/Livestock Driveway, Hailey, ID
Since 1997, this event has kept the spirit of central Idaho alive by allowing modern Idahoans the opportunity to experience a slower pace of life and a connection to our agrarian roots.
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.
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Oreana, ID
The current renovation is the latest in a 50 year commitment to this historic church which has benefited from systematic stewardship over the years.
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.
No Onion was Awarded.
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.