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2016 Orchids & Onions

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.


2016 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).

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). 

L.A. Thomas Memorial Gymnasium, Kimberly

A restoration and preservation sensitive addition to 1941 school district building by CTA Group.

John Enboe House / Peterson Residence, Boise

Preservation sensitive remodel and addition to 1903 Queen Anne Home in Warm Springs Historic District by Glancey Rockwell and Associates and the Peterson Family.

Historic Ada County Courthouse, Boise

A renovation and restoration of 1938 Works Progress Administration Building by LKV Architects and the Division of Public Works.


Preservation-Sensistive New Construction

Awarded to new construction that enhances a historic neighborhood or historical theme (residential or commercial).

Minidoka Honor Roll Project, Hunt

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.

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.

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.

Minidoka Guard Tower, Jerome

For reconstruction of Guard Tower to Cole Architects, Boise State University Construction Management Department, and the Friends of Minidoka for the Minidoka Japanese Internment Camp project.

Those Big Old Barns, Twin Falls

Those Big Old Barns newspaper story and interactive tour to Mychel Matthews and the Times-News newspaper Twin Falls


Heritage Stewardship

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.

Teater's Knoll, Bliss - Hagerman

For careful preservation, resotration and perpetual maintenance of Idaho's only Frank Lloyd Wright building in Idaho, to Henry Whiting.

Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest, Kooskia

For careful fire preparation to protect signifigant historic forest resources, to Cindy Schacher and the 2015 Fire Management Team.


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.

Event Sponsors

Thank you to Roots Family History™ for printing Giclee Certificates.


Event Photos

For photo use or information, please contact Kathleen Barrett at info@preservationidaho.org or 208-424-5111