Orchid Awards 2013
- 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 2013 are as follows:

 

1.  Carly Lilly and George Skandalos as the creators of the new restaurant called Maialina Pizzaria Napoletana, and Lorre Kidd as the owner of the building at 602 South Main Street.

Sixth and Main has been a key intersection in Moscow ever since the 19th Century when James Deakin, A. A. Lieuallen, John Russell, and Henry McGregor set aside parcels of their farmland as a start for the commercial district.  The current structure on this southeast corner was built in 1929 as a Shell gas station and has gone through several modifications and uses since then.

The Commission chose to recognize these award recipients for upgrading the old building rather than tearing it down.  The visually attractive result enhances the downtown area and draws people in as a social venue.  They invested heavily in upgrading the building's infrastructure and made extensive use of local and historical materials in the reconstruction and furnishings.  The front plaza area, which was once designed for gas pumps compatible with the car culture of the early 20th Century, has been repurposed as sidewalk café in keeping with the pedestrian-oriented character of Moscow's current downtown area.

2.   Moscow's city government for its reconstruction of College Avenue between Jackson and Railroad Streets.  This short street has great potential as a connection between downtown Moscow and the University of Idaho, not only for motor vehicles but also pedestrians and bicycles.  The pavement needed resurfacing which the city could have treated as a routine utilitarian project.  Instead, the city enlisted a spectrum of talented individuals to address signage, lighting, and other pedestrian amenities to make the area an attractive gateway between town and campus.

3.  Elizabeth Paulsen, whose handsome brick residence at 936 West C Street is representative of a style of homes built in the mid-20th Century in various locations around Moscow.  Her father bought it in the 1970's, and they have carefully maintained the property with attention to details and quality materials, including a copper roof she put on recently.  The Commission often gives Orchid Awards to people who have rescued historic buildings that had fallen into neglect and disrepair.  In this case it chose to recognize an owner who has avoided that problem by keeping the property in excellent condition on a continuing basis.

4.  Barbara Coyner as an outstanding historic preservation writer, editor, and organizer.  She served several years on the Latah County Historic Preservation Commission and wrote Latah County articles for the Moscow Preservation Commission's annual newsletter (now called Preservation Moscow) in 2006 and 2007.  From 2008 through 2012 she served as its editor and lead writer.

Also, Barbara and her husband Jack Coyner have been leaders of the long and continuing efforts to preserve the historic train depot of the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway in Potlatch.  Before moving to Idaho, they were also instrumental in saving historic railway depots in Montana and West Virginia.

5.  Ann Catt in recognition of her extraordinary services to the community through the Latah County Historical Society from 1999 to her retirement last month.  Beginning work as a housekeeper at the McConnell Mansion in 1999, Ann worked her way up to the positions of office assistant and museum curator.  With outstanding energy, knowledge, and personal magnetism, she recruited and motivated dozens of volunteers and was generous with her own time in helping researchers and other visitors to the Historical Society office and the Mansion.

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