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LCSC to receive historic preservation award for work done on Spalding Hall

LEWISTON, Idaho – The renovation work completed on Lewis-Clark State College’s Spalding Hall has earned an Orchid Award from Preservation Idaho in the category of Contribution to Historic Preservation, the Idaho Historic Preservation Council has announced.

LCSC and Trout Architects of Boise will be honored during the 42nd annual Orchids & Onions Awards, which will be held on June 8 at 2:30 p.m. at the 1912 Center in Moscow, located at 412 E. 3rd St.

The Orchids awards ceremony honors those individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation in Idaho. There is also an Onions awards ceremony which brings awareness to those projects which have shown an insensitivity to historic preservation.

LCSC’s Spalding Hall was finished in 1924 as a women’s dormitory. In 1930, it became a men’s dormitory, and later that decade it became the headquarters for the Lewiston Civilian Conservation Corps. Spalding Hall later became the residence hall for married students. In 1966, the first floor was converted into faculty offices and later the second and third floors were converted into faculty offices as well. A remodel took place in 1977 after small repairs became necessary after a fire in the basement.

The recent $4 million renovation saw upgrades made to classroom, conference, and office space, including the addition of energy efficient windows and doors, improved lighting and flooring, and HVAC and electrical improvements. The renovation began in 2016 and wrapped up in the fall of 2018. The project also included asbestos abatement and safety upgrades that required more extensive work.

Trout Architects worked with the college on the planning and design for the renovation.

LCSC is one of five recipients in the Contribution to Historic Preservation for 2019, and one of 10 overall award winners. The college also earned Orchid Awards in 2015 and 2014 for its renovation of the Silverthorne Theatre and Thomas Jefferson Hall, respectively.

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