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Architecture Professors Honored by Preservation Idaho for Positive Contributions to State Landmarks

June 07, 2019

In Preservation Idaho's annual awards ceremony over the weekend, University of Idaho professors from the College of Art and Architecture were honored for their positive impacts on historic preservation throughout the state. Professor Anne Marshall, Professor Emeritus Wendy McClure, Associate Professor Phillip Mead and Associate Professor Emeritus D. Nels Reese were recognized for their contributions to the peer-reviewed online encyclopedia, Archipedia, which features the country's most architecturally significant structures, published by the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

The U of I team contributed to the encyclopedia's section on Idaho's most notable structures and through their 119 entries, which include six U of I buildings, sought to tell the social and cultural history of the state.

Idaho's oldest building, the Old Mission of the Sacred Heart at Cataldo, was designed by an Italian Jesuit missionary and built by the indigenous Coeur d'Alene using local materials. In Franklin, Idaho's oldest non-indigenous town, English pioneer stone masons from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints built finely crafted stone houses — and were eventually responsible for the majority of settlement in southeastern Idaho. In Boise, the Basque community left their mark by building the Anduiza Fronton Building. Swiss nuns built the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood. The Minidoka War Relocation Center was built to intern people of Japanese ancestry during World War II — an important piece of history in Jerome. And in Nampa, the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho recognizes and celebrates the culture of the state's growing Latino population.

The SAH Archipedia project received the Cultural Heritage Preservation Award for the team's work in "creating an accessible and comprehensive website of Idaho's architectural history." U of I students, along with other experts throughout the state, also participated in the project, contributing knowledge and images of buildings from their own communities.

Additionally, Reese and his wife Joyce received the Heritage Stewardship Award for their preservation of the Mason Cornwall Mansion, one of Moscow's most historic homes. The Reeses maintained the home through proper craftsmanship and design, setting standards for future preservation projects in Idaho.

Preservation Idaho, also known as the Idaho Historic Preservation Council, recognizes the state's leading preservationists each year at its Orchids and Onions Awards ceremony. McClure has also been a past recipient of the council's Distinguished Preservationist Award for her sustained and superlative achievement in preserving Idaho's heritage.

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