1999 Awards Granted — Grand Prize Winner: Hunter Conservatory, Whitman Colleges and 7 Other Major Projects

The Grand Prize in the year 1999 Walla Walla 2020 Architectural Awards competition went to Hunter Conservatory at Whitman College, for the renovation and restoration of the historic 1910 music building at Park and Boyer Avenue for use as a media center.

Awards were made and six projects were honored with certificates of merit in a June 8,1999 public awards ceremony.  The architects for the Hunter Conservatory were Boyle and Hunter of Seattle, and the general contractor was Opp and Siebold of Walla

Other major awards went to:

  • Doug and Malinda Saturno, owners, Theron Smith, architect, George Smith, Richard Reid and Walt King, contractors, for the restoration and renovation of the historic 1889 Baumeister Building at 25-27 West Main in downtown Walla Walla.
  • Mike and Pam Bryans, owners and contractors, for the restoration and compatible new additions to the home at 310 Whitman Street
  • Connie and Randy Rogers, owners and contractors, for the restoration and reuse of the historic 1890 Dietrich House at 625 W. Alder as an antique shop  John and Lynn Knapp, owners, Walt Porter and Lee Gillentine, contractors, for the compatible new addition to the 1891 Queen Anne cottage at 423 N. 7th.
  • Hotel Dacres, Greg and Vanessa Finch, Owners. Greg Finch and Doug Bottimer, Contractors, for the interior renovation and restoration of the main floor of the historic hotel building at 4th and Main.
  • Walla Walla Residential Suites, Ron and Ruth Agresti, owners and contractors, for the renovation and reuse of the second story Walla Walla Hotel at 214 E. Main for residential and short-term apartments  Baker Boyer Bank, George Smith and Larry Ek, contractors, for the exterior restoration and decorative exterior paint work on the Green and Jackson building at 19 W. Main.

Other certificates of merit went to:

  • Mike Hammond of Melody Muffler for the folk art created and publicly displayed at his shop at Ninth and Chestnut
  • Whitman College for the placement of two new pieces of public art on campus “Gates” by Whitman professor Keiko Hara, and “The Arch” by Whitman College students Jessica Lauren Moore and Doug Ludlow
  • Regence NW Health, Opp & Seibold, contractor, Rob Robinson, project manager, for the energy efficient renovation of their office building at 106 N. Second in downtown Walla Walla.
  • A special award was made to the Blue Mountain Action Council for its many years of providing energy efficient retrofitting services to low income residents of the community.