Orchid Awards

Each year, the Moscow Historic Preservation Commission presents Orchid Awards to recognize outstanding examples of historic preservation and stewardship in the community. Nominations may be made by members of the Commission or by members of the general public. Public nominations must be accompanied by a Nomination Application. Nominees must be Moscow residents or perform their preservation work within the Moscow city limits. 

Awards may be made in the following categories:

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).

Preservation-Sensitive New Construction

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

Friend of Preservation

Awarded to non-professionals distinguished for service in historic preservation. This would include, but would 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 Moscow 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.

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.