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2009 Orchids & Onions

Orchids & Onions Postcard 2009


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).

Friend of Preservation

Awarded to non-professional individuals distinguished for service in historic preservation. This would include, but not be limited to, those who volunteer for preservation organizations, historical societies or museums.

Distinguished Preservationist

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.

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.


Examples of projects or programs insensitive to historic preservation can be awarded in the following categories: individuals or corporations who demolish historically significant buildings or sites; new construction that is insensitive or ignorant of the neighborhood's history.

Awards Ceremony

The 32nd Annual Orchids and Onions Awards was held on June 27th, 2009 at the Billiards Room at the Masonic Event Center in Nampa, Idaho.


Nampa wins two honors for historic preservation
Idaho Press Tribune -  June 27, 2009

Preservation Idaho awards Orchids and Onions
Idaho Statesman - June 28, 2009

Orchids and Onions: Read more about Preservation Idaho's winners
Anna Webb, Idaho Statesman - June 20, 2009