Orchid Awards 2014
- Historic Preservation Commission
Once each year the Moscow Historic Preservation Commission presents Orchid Awards to recognize outstanding examples of historic preservation in the community. The recipients of the awards for 2014 are as follows:
1. Elizabeth Graff and John Dunn for adaptive reuse of the white masonry building at 129 West Third Street. The building, now known as "Turnstone Flats," is historically significant as the former headquarters of the "Psychiana" mail-order religion founded by Frank B. Robinson in the 1930's. In subsequent years it was occupied by medical offices and the University of Idaho. The current owners have made major infrastructure upgrades to improve energy efficiency and accessibility for a mix of apartments and business offices.
2. Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) for adaptive reuse and visual enhancement of the 1937 building at 409 South Jackson that was formerly the longtime home of the Daily Idahonian and Daily News newspapers. EMSI completed a tasteful modernization that significantly adds to the appearance and economic vitality of downtown Moscow.
3. Robert Wilson of R. Wilson Construction, Inc. in Troy, Idaho, in recognition of outstanding craftsmanship in restoring a cedar shingle roof on a 1928 residence at 615 East C Street. The cottage style home in the Fort Russell Neighborhood, owned by William Thomson and Wendy McClure at the time of Wilson's project, is now owned by Ethan and Susan Jones.
4. Jordan Lowe, a University of Idaho architecture student, for creating a large-format watercolor streetscape of Moscow's Main Street in the 1930's. The work, now on display at the College of Art and Architecture, is approximately 25 feet in length. Lowe was honored for helping to preserve a visual record of Moscow's history.
5. Maria Maggi for carefully maintaining a residence at 312 South Asbury Street and successfully petitioning for a zone change to encourage ongoing preservation by future owners. The building is at least 107 years old and representative of a type of home that was common in Moscow's less prosperous neighborhoods.
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